Kirovograd region overview
Kirovograd (Kirovohrad) oblast is situated in the center of Ukraine, at the confluence of the Dnieper and the Southern Bug rivers, in the southern part of the Dnieper upland. Kirovograd is the capital city of the province.
Population (2013) - 991,600 (2.18%, 23rd place).
Land area - 24,588 sq. km. (4.07%, 15th place).
Kirovograd region features
Almost the entire territory of the region is located on the right bank of the Dnieper River.
The length of the region from north to south is about 148 km, from west to east - 335 km.
There is a sign of geographical center of Ukraine in Dobrovelychkivka district.
Urban population is about 62%. There are representatives of more than 30 nationalities in the region: Ukrainians 90%, Russians 7.5%, and others.
The climate is temperate continental. Winters are mild, with frequent thaws. Snow cover is late (early December) and unstable. Summer is dry, rather hot and often dry. The average July temperature is plus 21 degrees Celsius, in January - minus 5,5 degrees Celsius.
Radon and mineral water deposits (about 150000 cu. m), forests, valleys and rivers create good conditions for short-term and long-term recreation.
The province includes 21 administrative districts, 12 towns (4 of regional subordination), 26 urban villages and 1010 villages.
Kirovograd region landscapes
Kirovograd region landscape
Kirovograd province landscape
Kirovograd region economy
Industry: highly developed food processing, machine-building, energy generation and construction materials production.
Agriculture: grains, sugar beets, sunflower seeds, potatoes, vegetables; cattle and poultry farming.
Kirovograd region plays an important role in Ukrainian agriculture. It also has unique industrial facilities for extraction of minerals, a number of machine-building plants, ferrous and non-ferrous metallurgy enterprises and building material factories.
The province potential of mineral resources and sources of raw materials consists of more than 340 deposits.
Extensive network of highways, trunk-railways, closeness to the Black Sea and the Dnieper River ports, favorable weather and climate conditions, rich black soils, as well as high-capacity food-processing facilities create favorable conditions for intensive development of agricultural and industrial complex, production of ecologically clean foodstuffs in large quantities.
Local companies have stable trade links with partners from more than 80 countries. And the region itself has positive foreign trade balance for more than 10 years, being among the leading Ukrainian regions for its export increase rate.
Kirovograd region sights
In the town of Pomoshnaya, not far from Kirovograd, there is a unique monument of architecture - one of the first hyperbolic constructions in the world - a steel open-work water tower.
The hyperbolic water tower in Pomoshnaya was constructed and designed by the great engineer and scientist Vladimir Grigoryevich Shukhov.
There are only 11 such towers in the world at present, whereas V.G.Shukhov constructed over 200 towers. Shukhovskaya tower on Shabolovka Street in Moscow is the most famous one.
In the town of Bobrinets, there is a museum of history and local study. Among the architectural monuments, there is the Resurrection Church built in 1912 and St. Nickolas Church.
There are a lot of bike parking lots all over Bobrinets, bikers from the whole Ukraine are attracted by this fact.
Kirovograd region has one of the largest forests in the forest-steppe zone in Ukraine - Cherniy (Black) Forest. The total area of forests is about 179 thousand hectares.