Pryluky Urban Territorial Community
Population: 51,797 people
Children under the age of 18: 8,196
Population older than working age: 10,069
Persons with disabilities: 4,594
Internally displaced persons: 3,048
Area: 4,275.2 ha
The community includes 1 city.
The city of Pryluky begins its history in 988 when, by order of Prince of Kyiv Volodymyr Svyatoslavovych, the construction of city-fortresses began on the eastern borders of Kyivan Rus.
Unique archaeological, architectural and memorial monuments of history and culture both of local and national importance are located on the territory of the city. Among the archaeological monuments that have survived to this day, the following are unique: the hillfort of the annalistic city of Pryluky dated to the 11th-12th centuries (the territory of the rampart); the Slavic settlement and burial ground dated to 2000 BC (Opanasivskyi lane); the settlement of the Chernyakhiv culture dated to the 3rd-4th centuries (Ivana Skoropadskoho Str.). Among the architectural monuments, the most famous is the first stone building in the city – the Regimental treasury. It was built in 1714 during the Cossack period by the Pryluky colonel Hnat Halahan.
The well-planned central part of the city also attracts attention. In particular, in the central part of the city of Pryluky there is a historical zone which features the Saviour and Transfiguration Cathedral, St. Nicholas Church with a bell tower, the Cathedral of the Nativity of the Most Holy Theotokos, the Church of the Feast of Christ’s Presentation at the Temple, and a four-meter sculpture of Volodymyr Monomakh.
Since 1995, the city of Pryluky has joined the League of Historic Cities of Ukraine.
Welcome to a virtual tour of our ancient city:
Pryluky is famous as a theatre city, which hosts theatre and art festivals every year. The city’s House of Culture is the main centre of theatrical life. It is among Ukraine’s top ten in terms of acoustics. According to its construction, it is an authentic theatre with 800 seats. A monument to the outstanding countryman, People’s Artist Mykola Yakovchenko was erected near the House of Culture.
The city of Pryluky is located on the route to powerful tourist centres: Hustynya Holy Trinity Convent (12 km), ancestral estate of the Halahans in the village of Sokyryntsi (36 km), the Kachanivka National Historical and Cultural Reserve (42 km), The Trostianets Dendrological Park (48 km).
Economy and Welfare
Industrial production is the leading branch of the city’s economy, which provides employment for the workable population and fills the budget of the city of Pryluky.
The main types of industrial products produced by enterprises: bakery products, meat and sausage products, tobacco products, plastic products, ready-made clothes, oil, gas condensate, oil and natural gas, metal products, artificial collagen shell, upper part of shoes, newspapers , magazines and other printed products, office chairs and accessories, bricks, tiles and other construction products and structures.
The largest share of sales of the city’s industrial products is concentrated in enterprises of the processing industry, among which the production of food products and tobacco products prevails. In particular, more than 10 world-famous brands of cigarettes are manufactured in the city. In February 2023, as part of the UNDP project “Analysis of creditworthiness and implementation of financial and credit instruments for territorial communities of Sumy and Chernihiv regions”, the IBI – Rating agency confirmed the rating of the investment attractiveness of the city of Pryluky at inv A-, which means that the community is characterized by high investment attractiveness compared to other rating entities.
Community and War
During the first month after the full-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine, the Pryluky urban community, which is located near important logistical routes, was under partial siege and faced great risks of occupation.
At the end of February and in March, internally displaced persons from many population centres of Kyiv, Chernihiv, Sumy and Kharkiv regions found shelter in the Pryluky community.
Thanks to the coordinated actions of the military, territorial defence forces, and the solidarity of volunteer associations and residents of Pryluky in the defence of their hometown, the enemy was prevented from entering the city.
In the first days of the invasion and throughout March, battles with the occupiers took place near the city of Pryluky and in the Pryluky district. In June 2022, the city was hit by a missile.
To bring our victory closer, Pryluky residents join various initiatives and projects of the city’s volunteer hubs and public organizations, initiative groups, enterprises and institutions of the city: manufacturing of camouflage nets, peasant stoves, body armour and trench candles, participation in charity fairs, concerts, tournaments, photo sessions and auctions for the collection of funds for the Armed Forces, purchase of vehicles and equipment for the military, food support for defenders and the population of de-occupied and front-line territories, support for internally displaced persons with basic necessities, collection of waste paper and support for children’s initiatives in fundraising for the Armed Forces.
People of the Community
Olha Popenko, the mayor of Pryluky, was elected head of the community for the first time in 2015 and for the second time in 2020. In addition to experience in the field of municipal management, she has experience in management activities in the field of education. For ten years, she worked as the director of the Ivan Franko Pryluky Humanitarian and Pedagogical College.
Taking into account the new challenges and circumstances caused by the aggression of the northern neighbouring country, important strategic areas now include ensuring public safety, providing high-quality social and health services, supporting the development of medium and small businesses, measures in the field of energy saving, green energy; development of the transport and road infrastructure of the city of Pryluky in accordance with the approved General Plan of the City.
With the aim of a comprehensive approach to the development of the territory and preparation of updated strategic documents, the Pryluky community participates in international projects, programmes and European initiatives (“Agreement of Mayors”, “Mayors for Economic Growth”, UN Development Programme, NEFCO etc.)