Pryiutivka Territorial Community
Located in the central part of the Kirovohrad region, the Pryiutivka community spans an area of 520.7 km2 and includes the urban-type settlement of Pryiutivka and 25 villages.
As of January 1, 2022, the population of the community was 11,808 people:
men – 5,736
women – 6,072
The Pryiutivka United Territorial Community was founded on August 7, 2017.
It included 5 village (Voynivka, Holovkivka, Izmailivka, Kostiantynivka, Protopopivka) councils and 1 settlement council centred in the village of Pryiutivka then.
In 2020, the composition of the community was changed. Part of the territories went to the neighbouring Oleksandriya community, whereas the Kosivka, Novoselivka, Likarivka, Nedoharky, Andriyivka village councils were added to the Pryiutivka community.
The Inhulets River flows on the territory of the community, and the Voynivka storage reservoir was built on its channel.
Velyka I Mala Skelia Nature Reserve
Located on the territory of the Protopopivka starosta-headed district, it occupies an area of 15 hectares. It is famous not only for its picturesque landscapes, but also the artificial lake, which is unique in its healing properties. According to chemical analysis, the lake contains iodine-bromide water with radon. That is why tourists come here from different localities to relax and improve their health.
Likarivka Botanical Reserve of National Importance
A botanical reserve of national importance, it is located within the boundaries of the Likarivka starosta-headed district and spans an area of 70 hectares. Berezivska Balka is protected here as rare steppe vegetation grows and the Red List of Threatened Species insects live on its slopes.
Kamyana Stinka Complex Nature Monument of Local Importance
Kamyana Stinka (Stone Wall) is located near the village of Andriyivka and covers an area of 18 hectares. The reserve got its name because of the real stone wall on its territory. It is considered to be natural, but when you see it with your own eyes you cannot believe this, because the wall is about 6 meters tall.
The Church of Saint Joseph the Betrothed, a Cultural Heritage Site
The Church of St. Joseph the Betrothed is located in the village of Berezivka on the territory of the Pryiutivka community. The single-domed red brick church was built in 1901 on the site of a burnt wooden church. The building has the traditional Orthodox form of a cross and is constructed in the pseudo-Rus style, characteristic of the cult architecture of the late 19th – early 20th century’s construction period. Although the building is in disrepair, they keep up conducting religious ceremonies and believers from all over Ukraine arrive to visit them.
A European-level park in Pryiutivka is a private initiative: the park is taken care of by Serhiy Kuzmenko, Chairman of the Oleksandriya Town Council. This is a real oasis on the bank of the Inhulets River: footpaths, benches with lanterns, colourful flowers and greenery. Everything here is designed for rest, relaxation or just long conversations. Here you can arrange a picnic or sit at the tables. There are two piers and access to the beach.
Former Morozivskyi Open-Pit Coal Mine
The Morozivskyi Open-Pit Coal Mine is one of unusual tourist spots, located near the village of Novoselivka. This flooded and destroyed area, where brown coal was once mined, is not used today. At the same time, the Morozivskyi Open-Pit Coal Mine is one of the places attractive for extreme industrial tourism.
On this undulating plain with the Morozivskyi Open-Pit Coal Mine in the middle, it is very interesting to observe how nature takes back the space once conquered by man.
Economy and Public Welfare
There are deposits of brown coal, sand, and clay in the territory of community.
The economic base of the Pryiutivka territorial community is generated by agricultural enterprises. A total of 98 entrepreneurs and 2,864 private peasant households are registered on the territory of the Pryiutivka TC.
Agricultural enterprises are the main community’s employers. The activities of the largest employer enterprises are primarily related to the cultivation and processing of raw materials.
Also, green tourism is actively developed in the community – the Vyshneva Sadyba lighthouse museum, the Tereshchenkos’ vineyards and other locations welcome guests not only from the surrounding communities, but also from all over Ukraine.
Community and War
Since the beginning of the full-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine on February 24, 2022, the Pryiutivka community has become a place to shelter more than 2.5 thousand people from the territories where hostilities took place. A large part of the displaced people stayed here briefly to take a rest and continue their journey further – to the west of the country or abroad. Today, there are about 1,000 registered people who stayed and live in the community.
The local authorities directed almost all their efforts to help the military and search for humanitarian aid and accommodation for refugees.
For this purpose, temporary accommodation was organized in community schools, churches, and private homes.
Cultural institutions actively collected things and products, weave camouflage nets and rugs. The settlement council’s Administrative Services Centre turned into a centre where aid was sorted, distributed and issued, documents were drawn up for displaced people, and housing was searched for. People worked around the clock. Today, the settlement council works without days off to quickly respond to the challenges caused by the war.
People of the Community
Andriy Kolomiytsev, Headman of the community.
He headed the newly created Pryiutivka community in 2018 and is still holding the post. A manager who initiates best practices in the work and life of the community, he has considerable work experience in governmental authorities.
The community, which developed and built grandiose plans before the war, faced many challenges, and is currently overcoming them successfully with the help of caring residents, entrepreneurs, employees of municipal institutions, NGOs, volunteers, Ukrainian and international foundations.
Residents of the community help internally displaced persons living on the territory of the community to adapt and get their life on the right track in the community. Local volunteers organized the supply of food, household chemicals, and clothes for displaced people and vulnerable population groups.
They created the Dilys Dobrom project and visited all corners of the community with this initiative to activate and psychologically relieve local residents.
The initiative Skrynka Dobra was organized at the culture centres in each of the 8 starosta-headed districts, where local residents participate in weaving nets, collecting aid, and sharing their belongings with IDPs.
Active female residents of the village of Berezivka organized themselves and weekly provide fresh baked goods to the units of the Territorial Defence Forces, Armed Forces, and Frontier Service where the community’s residents serve. They organized the production of goodies from their own products. Now that their initiative has become known to the general public, they are helped by community residents and benefactors.
The community provides for the needs of the military. Food, canned food, camouflage nets, equipment, insulating pads, sleeping bags, trench candles and many other things are transferred through volunteers. All this is made by their own efforts and with involvement of fellow villagers.
A local business also gives a hand. The AgroVista Agricultural Holding and its General Director have been providing food for displaced people in the community on an ongoing basis, personally delivering ammunition and food products to the front line, and repairing military equipment since the beginning of the active phase of hostilities.
Lyubov Zamkova of Kolos LLC provides food products and helps the military unit, Territorial Defence Forces and Volunteer Defence Forces of Territorial Communities. Also, they allocated premises for the organization of a coordination volunteer centre in Oleksandriya and provided for the repair of military equipment.
The Development Strategy of the Pryiutivka United Territorial Community was approved in 2019. In connection with significant changes in the composition of the community in 2021, work on a new Strategy was started with the sole goal of realizing the interests of each territory and each resident to the maximum extent.
The working group identified the main areas of the community’s development: infrastructure, tourism, improvement of ecological situation, expansion of investment opportunities, increase of the community’s capital.
We dream of implementing a project for introducing energy-efficient technologies in the utilities sector and energy saving (there are land plots for alternative energy sources) on the territory of the community;
There is local fire-fighting crew in the community, which needs support and development of its potential and training of employees;
The cultural sector is active here, so the community plans to share its own experience and traditions – and also learn;
The educational sector of the community is currently at the stage of optimization and reformation, but the achievements of students and teachers indicate a good potential, and they are ready for exchanges under training programmes and joint projects.
List of Sources
- Website of the Pryiutivka community
- Decentralization website
- Sametur portal
- Encyclopaedia of Modern Ukraine
- Travel through and beyond Ukraine website
- IGOTOWORLD website
- Kremenchuk newspaper
- KNESS website
- Instagram page of the Volunteer Coordination Centre of Oleksandriya
- News Agro-Centre Portal
- Information and tourist centre of Oleksandriya