Liubotyn Territorial Community
The Liubotyn Territorial Community is located in the territory of the Kharkiv District in the western part of the Kharkiv Region.
The total area of the territory is 137.6 km2.
The population of the Community totals 27,053 residents.
Women: 12,858 residents
Men: 10,605 residents
Internally displaced persons: 14,307 residents
The Community consists of 15 settlements. The administrative centre of the Community is located in the town of Liubotyn.
Liubotyn is the centre of the urban territorial community, one of the oldest towns of Sloboda Ukraine, which has turned 373 years in 2023, and which was included in the List of Historical Settlements of Ukraine by Resolution No. 878 of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine dated 26 July 2001.
The Community is home to national and local landmarks: hillfort villages and 505 burial mounds of Scythian times, spiritual architectural landmarks such as the Ascension Temple (1811) and the St. Nicholas Church (1843), a landscape park with an area of 30 hectares (the early 19th century), the architectural and cultural landmark “19th Century Country Manor” (the estate of Kharkiv Governor-General P. D. Sviatopolk-Myrskyi).
In 1650, fugitive Cossacks from Right Bank Ukraine founded the Liubotyn settlement on the Liubotynka River, which later turned into the company town of the Kharkiv Cossack Regiment.
The Community is home to natural sites (oaks that have grown together and seven oaks over 250 years old); more than 30 ponds (located in the valleys of the small Merefa and Liubotynka Rivers, as well as in streams). The existing natural phenomenon is a cascade of six ponds; there are 3,050 hectares of forests and 310 hectares of green spaces for public use.
Economy and Welfare
The territory of the Liubotyn Community is economically attractive as a result of its logistical, natural and human resources. The Liubotyn station is a major railway hub.
One of the most popular areas is the agro-industrial complex and the food industry.
There they are engaged in the cultivation of cereals, there are progressive factories and plants. One of these is Karavansky Fodder Yeast Plant LLC, which produces fodder yeast for animal husbandry.
Alcoholic drinks are produced by Liubotyn Prodtovary Plant PJSC; ethyl alcohol is produced by Karavansky Distillery 1709 LLC.
Meblix Furniture Factory LLC produces furniture for offices, the New Ukrainian School according to European standards, theatre chairs, etc.
Community and War
During the first days of the war, an operational headquarters was created in the Community to coordinate the work of all the services and structural subdivisions of the Executive Committee. Humanitarian and communal problems were solved at the local level.
The leadership team launched volunteer activities along with charitable foundations; employees and volunteers participated in the receipt, unloading, sorting and distribution of humanitarian aid.
The Community residents set up a voluntary formation of the territorial community. Volunteers and employees organized hot meal centres in four educational institutions.
Thanks to the efforts of the town authorities and aid of charitable foundations, the Community received 48 generators for ensuring the stable operation of communal enterprises and important infrastructure facilities.
Two invincibility points have been created in the Urban Community; they are equipped with generators, heating devices, water supplies, lighting equipment, network extension cords, and first-aid kits.
The employees of the Executive Committee, enterprises, institutions and entities of the Community have transferred UAH 775,000 from their salaries to the needs of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. In addition, the Community handed over gasoline generators, a thermal imaging sight, non-perishable food, television equipment and an all-terrain vehicle to the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
People of the Community
The Liubotyn Community is headed by Mayor Leonid Lazurenko. Under his leadership, the situation in the Community was kept under control at the beginning of the full-scale invasion. Pharmacies, shops, utility companies, and a bakery worked without interruption.
The initiative of the mayor’s team and active residents of the Community made it possible to repair the culture centre, kindergarten No. 5, the polyclinic department of the municipal hospital, and to build an administrative services centre, thereby improving the quality of life in the Community and services.
The municipal hospital, sports grounds, roads and sidewalks have undergone pleasant changes, and an inclusive resource centre has been created.
Liubotyn has been the second town in Ukraine to join the Zero Waste Cities project. The main goal of the project is to reduce the amount of waste. In the Community, it is planned to implement the European practice of secondary processing of solid materials and composting of organic waste and the implementation of a program to prevent new waste generation.
In the pre-war times, the Liubotyn Sources traditional children’s festival-contest was held annually in the Community, providing the children of the Community with an opportunity to develop in various artistic areas.
The My Friend Bicycle open regional cycling tournament was held in the urban community, in which young cyclists of the region took part.
Festive events were held in the town park every year on the occasion of many important dates.
Due to the military aggression, the reconstruction of the building of the Liubotyn Municipal Hospital and the construction of a multifunctional physical culture and health complex has been suspended.
The strategic development plan of the Liubotyn Territorial Community for 2021-2027 defines its priority development areas:
– improving the investment climate of the Urban Territorial Community. At present, a new investment datasheet has been developed; activities are planned to coordinate and approve the Community boundaries.
– increasing the attractiveness of the territory of the urban community as a centre of recreation and active leisure. It is planned to develop pond datasheets and create active recreation areas;
– ensuring the provision of high-quality housing and communal services. Local treatment facilities have been built, and a new deep well is planned to be built.