Kuialnyk Territorial Community
The Kuialnyk Territorial Community is located in the territory of the Podilsk District of the Odesa Region.
The total area of the territory is 91,615.0 km2.
The population of the Community totals 20,534 residents.
Women: 9,294 residents
Men: 9,673 residents
Internally displaced people: 306 persons
The Community consists of fifty-eight settlements. The administrative centre of the Community is located in the village of Kuialnyk of the Podilsk District in the Odesa Region.
The Community has a unique geographical location: watersheds converge there in the headwaters of steppe rivers. The watershed of three basins – the Dnister, the Southern Buh, and the Black Sea – is of great importance. These three directions have been known for over four thousand years.
Nature there combines the opposites. The plain turns into mountains, the steppe into a forest. The leaves are next to the needles. The hills hide the sources of small rivers and numerous lakes.
One of these steppe rivers is the Yahorlyk River. In the 1630s, it was used to demarcate the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth and the Ottoman Empire. During the revitalization of the Tatar-Podilsk trade in 1715-1768, the Yahorlyk Kliuch was organized there, which today is a place of preservation of the historical culture of Ukrainians.
Traces of mounds of the ancient nomads of the Cimmerians, Scythians, and Sarmatians have been preserved there. During the great resettlement of peoples, the lands of the Kuialnyk Community were a kind of centre of concentration of tribes before the “jump” to Europe. Authentic buildings have been preserved in the territory of the Community: manor houses and houses with reed roofs.
The visiting card of the village of Nestoita is the sculpture of Grandfather – the Shepherd, who greets everyone at the entrance. The manor of the Yurievich family, the Polish landowners, is situated there as well.
Another landmark is Yevhen Chykalenko’s estate in Pereshory; he was one of the candidates for the hetman post in 1918, a philanthropist, an outstanding political and public figure. Famous Ukrainian artists and politicians of the early 20th century visited this estate.
The picturesque ruins of the St. Nicholas Orthodox Church is situated in the village, and nearby there is an ecological landmark – the Hamora tract.
In the village of Kosy, the first school of lyricists in southern Ukraine was founded in 1870. Those were musicians who played an authentic instrument – the wheel lyre. In the Kuialnyky Community, a sculpture was unveiled to the founder of the school of lyricists – Methodius Kolisnichenko.
Economy and Welfare
The economic sector of the Kuialnyk Community is represented by the cultivation of agricultural crops, animal husbandry, and small entrepreneurship.
Producers of agricultural products specialize mostly in the cultivation of grain crops and vegetable growing.
Thanks to the fertile soil and moderate climate, beekeeping and horticulture are traditionally developed in the Community. In addition to being important for the environment, these crafts provide employment for many residents of the Community. Apples, plums, peaches and other fruit crops are grown there.
The construction industry is represented by the Kotovsky Asphalt Concrete Plant, which performs works of construction and repair of roads, as well as other services in the construction field.
Green tourism is a priority for the Community development. A unique area rich in natural springs, traditions and rituals, friendly residents attracts tourists. The Community has developed several tourist routes that can be used by guests of the Community.
To ensure a high-quality level of education in the Community, four key institutions have been created, which are constantly developing and updating.
The Podilsk Vocational Lyceum works in the Community, which every year trains tractor drivers-machinists for agricultural production, locksmiths for the repair of agricultural machines and equipment, drivers of motor vehicles (category “C, C1”), cooks, bakers; confectioners.
Educational services are also provided by V. O. Zhukovsky Podilsk Medical College, which trains paramedics and nurses. The college has trained more than 7,000 specialists, most of whom successfully work in many medical and preventive institutions of their communities, the Odesa Region, in Ukraine and beyond its borders.
Community and War
From the first days of russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, the residents of the Community have showed their care, love for their homeland and heroism.
The townspeople raised funds, necessary things, medicine, and foodstuffs to help refugees and soldiers. They handed over parcels to the soldiers of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
The Housewives team was created in the Community to make dumplings, bake various delicacies, make canned products and deliver them to the front lines.
The Kuialnyk Community raised funds to purchase a car for a local resident who defends Ukraine on the front line. The Community has actively joined the volunteer movement to provide aid to internally displaced persons.
People of the Community
Serhii Palamarchuk has been the head of the Kuialnyk Rural Territorial Community Since 2017.
He strives to make the life of the residents of the Community’s villages modern and comfortable, and will always understand and support each of its residents. He wants to see the Kuialnyk Community prosperous and successful, open to new proposals and investments to improve its economic sphere. It also actively supports local businesses and local farmers, cultural and sports life of the Community. Serhii Palamarchuk cares about the medical condition and educational level of the residents.
The Kuialnyk Community is home to wonderful and talented people who work for the benefit of their region. There are regular charity concerts in support of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, and various events are organized for the children of the Community.
The Kuialnyk Community runs thirty-four culture centres, where there are 158 amateur groups of all ages. It has four people’s teams. One of them is the Birzuliany folk choir, which has been performing for more than ten years.
A traditional event in the Community is the borshch festival “Cook, cook, borshch”. The event has been held in the village of Borshch since 2011. On this occasion, participants and guests from the area come to attend it. Housewives cook red borshch, green borshch, borshch with beans and with mushrooms and many other interesting variations. Due to the war, the event is being held online with broadcast on YouTube.
Sports unite the Community and make it stronger. Football and volleyball tournaments are held, and they enjoy weightlifting, table tennis, and chess. Athletes of the Community are successful at the district, regional, and Ukrainian national levels.
Community Development and Cooperation Areas
The Kuialnyk Community has a development strategy until 2027 and a socio-economic plan.
The Community allocated land plots for the creation of an industrial park and created a road map for its construction and launch. Other investment proposals based on municipal, state and private property facilities have also been formed.
Once the hostilities end, a strategy for the recovery of the regions of Ukraine will be implemented, so the Kuialnyk Community is currently preparing the groundwork for the launch of recovery projects in various areas: economy, construction, medicine, education.
In order to establish effective governance of the communities in the district, share experience in the field of local self-government and establish public relations aimed at cooperation and joint projects of nongovernmental organizations, mutual support and aid, the Kuialnyk Community offers partnership in the following areas:
– Creation and implementation of projects aimed at improving the level of safety in the Community (creation of voluntary fire brigades, construction and arrangement of shelters)
- Preparation and implementation of joint projects aimed at the restoration and development of rural areas (launch of an industrial park, launch of production of building materials, construction of factories for the processing of agricultural products)
- Development and implementation of Community energy efficiency and energy independence projects
- Creation of digital educational centres in the Community
- Development of education through the implementation of exchange projects among young people and teachers, in the course of internships, studies and trainings aimed at deepening their knowledge and experience, implementation of joint educational programs.
- Supporting entrepreneurs, establishing cooperation between organizations that unite employers with the aim of implementing joint initiatives, projects and holding economic forums
- Joint historical and cultural projects.
List of Sources
- Official website of the Kuialnyk Territorial Community
- Facebook page of the Kuialnyk Territorial Community
- Facebook page of the Kuialnyk Culture and Leisure Centre:
- Webpage of the Yevhen Chykalenko Public Library:
- Facebook page of the Community resident
- Family, Youth, and Sports Sector of the Kuialnyk Village Council
- YouTube channel of the Yahorlyk Kliuch
- Yahorlyk Kliuch almanac book