Yasinya Territorial Community
The Yasinya settlement territorial community is located in the Rakhiv district, Zakarpattia region.
It includes four population centres. The administrative centre of the community is located in the village of Yasinya.
Population (until February 24, 2022): 19,658 people
Children under 18: 4,731
The first written mention of the settlement dates back to 1555.
According to legend, the name of the settlement is associated with a shepherd named Struk, who grazed sheep, but could not drive the flock home, because deep snow suddenly fell. Then the shepherd built a shelter for the sheep out of ash (Ukrainian – yasen) and left them to winter. And when he returned, all the sheep were intact. As a sign of gratitude to God, Struk built a small wooden church, which has been called Strukivska ever since. Since then, the ash tree has become the symbol of the village. It gave the name to the village and is depicted on its coat of arms.
Built in 1824, the Strukivska Church, or the Church of the Ascension of the Lord, is one of Ukraine’s most famous wooden churches. Since 2013, it has been included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.
The Yasinya community is rich in cultural and architectural monuments inherited from previous generations.
Built in 1827, the Church of St. Peter and Paul belongs to the Hutsul churches of the middle Hutsul style. It has the Gospel of 1733 and the church bell of 1976.
Built in 1789, the Church of the Transfiguration of the Lord is an architectural monument of national significance.
The Local History Museum was founded in 1966. It has about 1,000 exhibits. The life of the Hutsuls is demonstrated in the interior of an ancient Hutsul house of the 18th-19th centuries. Here, the visitors will see tools used by Hutsuls in their economic activity in the 19th and early 20th centuries, as well as samples of embroidery, carving, cooperage, weaving, etc. Also, the museum has collected representatives of the fauna of the Carpathians listed in the Red Book of Ukraine.
The museum also has old photographs that tell about the historical past of the settlement and its inhabitants.
Economy and Welfare
Located on the territory of the Yasinya community, Dragobrat is one of Ukraine’s highest mountain ski resorts. Only here you can climb the highest peaks of Ukraine – Hoverla and Petros. There is a health and healing sanatorium here, which uses the centuries-old experience of treatment with the healing mineral waters of Kvasy.
Thanks to its favourable geographical location, the Yasinya community has a strong tourist potential. It is developing its own brand.
The economy in the Yasinya creates new jobs, improves the welfare of the population and provides prosperity, which contributes to the growth of business activity, attracting investment and creating new jobs. For the Yasinya territorial community, the economic activity is the basis of everyday life. It includes the production and sale of goods, the cultivation of agricultural products and the sale of food products, the construction and purchase of houses, the provision and use of services, and the creation of jobs.
The Yasinya territorial community actively works to ensure sustainable development and efficient functioning of the local economy which would take into account the needs of its residents. It is dominated by small and medium-sized businesses with a focus on tourism, forestry and agriculture.
Community and War
Since the beginning of Russia’s aggression against Ukraine on February 24, 2022, the Yasinya territorial community has received 7,633 internally displaced persons (only officially registered ones), which actually increased the population by a third. As of November 17, 2022, the active number of internally displaced persons is 2,377.
The forcibly displaced persons have been placed both in communal facilities and in private residential buildings. People who need special care and elderly people with disabilities live in the social service centre. Also, the second floor of the town hospital was renovated to accommodate another 30 people.
Also, since the beginning of the academic year, 35 internally displaced children have been studying in the Yasinya community, which is the largest number in the region.
Now the community is actively working on Points of Invincibility in every population centre of the Yasinya neighbourhood so that people could warm up, charge phones, and receive consultations, if necessary.
People of the Community
Andriy Ivanovych Delyatynchuk is the Yasinya Settlement Head.
During the two years of his tenure as the head of the community, his team managed to implement a number of projects, including:
- concluded a partnership with the USAID HOVERLA Project;
- initiated the signing of the first inter-municipal agreement between the communities of HUTSUL Neighbourhood in three regions: Zakarpattia, Ivano-Frankivsk and Bukovyna;
- concluded a partnership with the Mayors for Economic Growth (M4EG) Project;
- The Yasinya community was selected for the partnership network of Ukrainian communities with the Danish municipality of Guldborgsund.
- The Yasinya community is the first community in Zakarpattia to have been digitized as part of the Virtual Ukraine project.
- The village of Kvasy of the Yasinya community was among the top three winners of the 2022 Incredible Villages of Ukraine competition.
- Revival of Sheep Breeding in the Carpathian Region and many other projects.
Athletes of the Yasinya community are known not only in the Motherland, but also far beyond its borders. Compatriots have always been among those who won the highest awards at prestigious international competitions, preserved and multiplied the glorious traditions of Ukrainian sports. With their achievements and inspired work, they glorify the community and make a significant contribution to the development of the physical culture and sports movement in Ukraine.
The Yasinya specialized children’s and youth sports school of the Olympic reserve for winter sports, in particular: alpine skiing, snowboarding and freestyle, operates in the Yasinya community. The total number of pupils of the school is almost 400.
The Yasinya community has developed, and adheres to, its own development strategy.
The most important priorities of the Community Development Strategy are:
- Development of tourism;
- Economic development of the community;
- High quality of life in the community.
The Yasinya community is an important cultural and tourist centre of the Zakarpattia region. Numerous festivals, sports events, architectural monuments and wonderful nature attract people from many regions of Ukraine
On the territory of the community, investors will find reliable partners, profitable offers and support of the authorities in the implementation of investment projects.