World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article


Article Id: WHEBN0042213921
Reproduction Date:

Title: Strilkove  
Author: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Language: English
Subject: Chonhar, 2014–15 Russian military intervention in Ukraine, 2014 Crimean crisis, Building of the Supreme Council of Crimea, Aleksandr Vitko
Publisher: World Heritage Encyclopedia


Compressor station of Strilkove
Compressor station of Strilkove
Strilkove is located in Kherson Oblast
Map of Kherson Oblast with Strilkove highlighted
Country  Ukraine
Oblast Kherson
Raion Henichesk
 • Mayor Oleksander Petrovich Ponomarov
 • Total 2.05923 km2 (0.79507 sq mi)
Elevation 2 m (7 ft)
Population (2001)
 • Total 1,372[1]
 • Density 6.66/km2 (17.2/sq mi)
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Area code(s) (+380) 5534[1]

Strilkove (Ukrainian: Стрілкове, Russian: Стрелковое, Crimean Tatar: Çoqraq) is an Ukrainian village in the Henichesk raion of the Kherson oblast. In 2001 its population was 1,372,[1] and was predominantly ethnic Russian. The village became a focal point in the 2014 Russian military intervention in Ukraine. The village is located on the Arabat Spit and is geographically part of Crimea, however it falls the administration of Kherson Oblast. Moreover, the village also housed a gas transit center strategically important for the peninsula. Russian troops occupied parts of the village, this was the first time Russian troops moved into the Kherson Oblast. In December 2014 the Ukrainian Border Guards Service stated Russian troops began a withdrawal form Kherson ending the 10 month standoff, however although Russian troops left all other positions in Kherson they continued to occupy the gas distribution station located outside the city. Strilkove represents one of the few parts of Crimea that is under direct Ukrainian control.


The village lies on the northern portion of Crimean peninsula's Arabat Spit, though neither Strilkove nor the neighboring village of Shchaslyvtseve are claimed as part of the Crimean Autonomous Republic. It is located 8 kilometres to the north of the border of the Crimean Republic, between the Azov Sea to the east, and Lake Sivash in the west; and is 32 km far from the town of Henichesk.


Strilkove was founded in 1835[1][2] and, until 1945, was named Çoqraq or Chokrak (Чокрак).

During the Crimean crisis, on 15 March 2014 at about 13:30, some Russian Airborne Troops (40 riflemen) advanced on the village.[3][4][5]

Crimea crisis and War in Donbass

The village is located on the Arabat Spit and is geographically a part of Crimea, however administratively it is in the Kherson Oblast. Russian paratroopers landed in the village during the 2014 Crimea Crisis, marking the first time Russian forces advanced into mainland Ukraine as prior to this Russian troops operated only in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea. The soldiers stated that they missed their landing zone and landed in the village by accident and proceeded to retreat to the gas distribution terminal located near the village. Ukraine for the first time during the conflict placed its air forces on alert and air lifted its own unit of paratroopers to the area. Russian forces retreated from the center of the village but maintained the occupation of the gas distribution center, Russian forces stated that the gas distribution center may be a vulnerable to a terrorist attack and needed to be secured.[6][7]

As of October 2014 Ukrainian border guards and a volunteer territorial defense battalion are stationed in the village. Russian forces maintain a company of 150 troops which are also supported by a gunboat. The area has not experienced any fighting since the Russian takeover of the off shore gas platforms near the village. However, border guards are instructed to not allow people whose Russian passport have been issued in Crimea to pass, as well as inspect vehicles for possible Russian contraband. The small force deployed to the village is also designated to slow a possible advance of Russian troops into Kherson, while the large contingent of Ukrainian forces is stationed at Novooleksiivka and Henichesk, about 20 miles north along the Arabat Spit.[8] On 9 December 2014 Ukraine's border guards reported that Russian troops began withdrawing from southern Kherson Oblast, ending the 10-month-long occupation. Despite the withdrawal Russian troops still occupy the gas distribution center outside the city. The Arabat Spit and the Syvash areas of Crimea are the remaining territories of the peninsula that are under direct Ukrainian control.[9]


See also


  1. ^ a b c d e (Ukrainian) Strilkove statistics on Verkhovna Rada website
  2. ^ (Ukrainian) Kherson Oblast Universal Scientific Library
  3. ^ "Russian Military Enter township Strilkove, Kherson Region": article on the Ukrainian News
  4. ^ (Ukrainian) Article on the Ukrayinska Pravda
  5. ^ (German) Article on Der Spiegel
  6. ^
  7. ^
  8. ^
  9. ^

External links

Media related to at Wikimedia Commons

This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.

Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from Project Gutenberg are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.