Medvedivka Territorial Community
The Medvedivka Territorial Community is located in the territory of the Cherkasy District of the Cherkasy Region.
The total area of the territory is 206,653 km2.
The population of the Community totals 3,919 residents.
Women: 2,030 residents
Men: 1,779 residents
Internally displaced persons: 110 people
The Community consists of nine settlements. The administrative centre of the Community is located in the village of Medvedivka.
The heart of the Community is Kholodny Yar, a relict forest that has historical and environmental significance. The National Nature Reserve has been formed on part of the territory of Kholodny Yar and the lands of the Community. In terms of the number of unique archaeological, historical, and scientific sites, and there are more than 150 of them, Kholodny Yar ranks first in Ukraine. Burial mounds of the Scythian era and later eras are scattered everywhere in the forest and in the fields around it.
In the territory of Kholodny Yar, in the village of Buda, there is a 1,100-year-old Maksym Zalizniak oak tree, known far beyond the borders of Ukraine.
The Community consists of nine settlements, each of which has its own history, tourist attractions, natural sites and architecture.
The village of Holovkivka was the centre of Ukrainian pottery and Flemish ceramic painting. Painted bowls, dishes, jugs, pots, etc. were made there.
The Ataman Park is located near the village. This is a protected tract with a system of ponds and alleys, where the Zhyvun healing spring is located. Its medicinal properties were known even before the 1st century BC. Cossacks and Haidamakys also paid tribute to this water, treating their wounds with it.
According to legend, it was formed when the Holy Apostle Andrew the First-Called and his disciples passed by Kholodny Yar in a hot summer. When they wanted to drink, the apostle hit the ground with his staff and cool water flowed out from that place.
Medvedivka, Ivkivtsi, Melnyky, Motria Convent and Kholodny Yar became the place of active actions of the rebels against the enslavers in different years. They were led by famous Cossack Maksym Zalizniak. The struggle of the Kholodny Yar Cossacks is described in detail in the famous book “Holodny Yar” by Yurii Horlis-Horskyi and the novel “Black Raven” by Vasyl Shkliar.
The Motria Convent served as a fortress at the same time. Its defensive ramparts have been preserved.
The Memorial to the volunteer Cossacks who died in the struggle for the Ukrainian State in 2022-2023 was opened.
Economy and Welfare
The Medvedivka Community has a developed agro-industrial complex. The land is rich in fertile soil.
The Community specializes in growing grains: wheat, rye, corn, barley, sunflower, soybeans, rapeseed, peas, and vegetables. Seventeen small agricultural enterprises and four farms operate there. There are three woodworking enterprises operating in the territory of the Community, whose territory is rich in mixed and pine forests.
Nibulon JV LLC, an agricultural company, operates in the territory of the Community.
On the territory of the community there is an agro-enterprise-LLC JV “Nibulon”. This is the largest agricultural company of Ukraine, which has fifty enterprises and divisions (including subsidiaries) in thirteen regions of Ukraine, one of them operating in the Medvedivka Community. The company has transhipment terminals and elevators receiving, storing and shipping grain and oil crops.
In the village of Medvedivka, there is a large pig breeding complex: Zolotonosha Bacon LLC.
Community and War
The Community responded to the full-scale war by organizing self-defence units, a volunteer movement and receiving internally displaced persons, as it is located in the centre of Ukraine. Many residents of the Community defend the independence of Ukraine on the front-lines.
At the educational institutions and the Village Council, the residents constantly collect and cook food: they bake pies, cook dumplings, various tinned foods, collect hygiene products, clothes, and necessary items for the Armed Forces of Ukraine and internally displaced persons. The residents of the Community help the residents of the Kherson Region in the reconstruction of their residential buildings.
The Village Council has adopted the Gardens of Victory program. It provides for the food self-sufficiency of its residents during the war. Potatoes, cucumbers, zucchinis, carrots, beets, and tomatoes are grown by the joint efforts of the Community residents. Schools, kindergartens, hospitals, a home for veterans, military, internally displaced persons and the Community residents in need are provided with their own foods.
People of the Community
Since 2020, Andrii Ivanchenko has been the head of the Medvedivka Village Council.
The head is interested in the development of the Community: he supports local businesses, volunteers and helps rebuild the territories that need reconstruction after military operations, attracts investments in the Community.
The festival “Unconquered Nation “Holodny Yar” is held in the territory of the Community. This is a Ukrainian nationalist, educational, charity festival, which was held for the first time in 2015. Every year, the festival gathers about 8,000 visitors. The festival program consists of talks with the participation of famous politicians and public activists, famous writers, master classes, as well as a music stage.
Children’s music forums are held in the village of Holovkivka on the Zhukova Hora natural site.
The Community residents are concerned about the environment. That is why they regularly organize clean-ups and plant trees, involving all the residents of the Community.
Also, the employees of the Kholodny Yar National Nature Reserve conduct environmental and educational campaigns in various areas.
The Medvedivka Community has adopted its development strategy until 2026, with some amendments made in 2023.
The Community strives to create attractive conditions for doing business, providing assistance to young people in starting their own business, developing entrepreneurship, cooperative movement, farming, developing tourism, and creating comfortable living conditions for the Community residents, internally displaced persons.
There are free plots of land and premises for the creation of new enterprises in the territory of the Community. Therefore, there are plans to increase the industrial potential by developing new infrastructure and attracting investors.
List of Sources
- Medvedivka Territorial Community (photo) ;
- Map of the Medvedivka Rural Territorial Community in the Cherkasy Region (photo) ;
- Vyshyvanka (Embroidery) Day (photo) ;
- Earthenware in the village of Holovkivka ;
- Zhyvun spring (photo) ;
- Motria Convent in the village of Melnyky (photo)
- Maksym Zalizniak oak tree (photo) ;
- Kholodny Yar National Nature Reserve (photo) ;
- Memorial to the volunteer Cossacks in the village of Melnyky (photo)
- Sown fields of the Medvedivka Territorial Community (photo)
- Making a roof in the village of Ivanivka in the Vysokopillia Community of the Kherson Region (photo)
- Harvest of cucumbers and potatoes in the Victory Gardens of the village of Medvedivka (photo) ;
- Ukrainian National Clean-Up Day (photo) :
- Aid to Kherson residents in rebuilding their houses (photo) ;
- Collecting humanitarian aid for the Armed Forces of Ukraine (photo) ;
- Unconquered Nation Festival (photo) ;
- Commemoration of the Kholodny Yar Heroes (photo)
- Music forum in the village of Holovkivka (photo)
- Planting trees in the village of Medvedivka (photo)
- Environmental campaigns held by the Kholodny Yar National Nature Reserve (photo) .