Poltava (Полтава) is a city located in central Ukraine on the shore of the Vorskla River (see map). With a population of roughly 320,000 inhabitants, it is situated on the road between Kiev and Kharkiv in a region renowned for its rich black soil.
One of the oldest Ukrainian cities, it was the site of a Slavic settlement in the 8th and 9th centuries. In the 17th century, as the chief town of a strong Cossack regiment, it started to evolve as a center for Ukrainian nationalism. After centuries under Polish-Lithuanian influence and more recently under Russian influence, Ukrainian Cossacks finally made a bid for independence at the the turn of the 18th century. Led by Hetman Ivan Mazepa, the Cossacks allied themselves with Charles XII of Sweden during the Northern War (1700-21). The decisive moment, the Battle of Poltava, was fought near the city in the summer of 1709. The victor on that day was Peter the Great of Russia and Ukrainians had to wait two more centuries before realizing independence.
A city not commonly recognized as a tourist destination, Poltava can be a pleasant surprise for those who want to experience the true Ukrainian character. Its agriculture based economy and relatively small size create very hospitable environment. If you come in the summer you will be treated to a remarkable setting of undulating hills, gold domed churches, and small agriculture subsistence communities.
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