Shostka

Shostka



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Shostka is a city in the Sumy Oblast in the north-east of Ukraine. The population is 85,800 (2004). The town lies on the Shostka River, a tributary of Desna, from which it gets its name. Shostka is an important centre of industry: in chemicals (see Svema) and in dairy, the Shostka City Milk Plant was recently acquired by the Bel Group.HistoryShostka started out as a village at the beginning of the 17th century for Ukrainian Cossacks which were based there. In 1739, a gunpowder factory was built there. Since that time Shostka was one of the most important gunpowder suppliers in the Russian Empire. In 1893, a branch of a nearby railroad line was built. Shostka was granted municipal rights in 1920. In 1931, a film factory was built in Shostka which was one of the main suppliers of cinema and photo film in the USSR.DemographicsShostka s population: 1926 - 8,600 inhabitants, 1959 - 39,000 inhabitants, 1970 - 64,000 inhabitants, 1979 - 80,000 inhabitants, 1984 - 84,000 inhabitantsSportsShostka is home to the Ukrainian football team Impuls Shostka.The city is the birthplace of Lightweight Boxer Ivan Redkach.In popular cultureShostka is the hometown of the fictional Mousekewitz family in the 1986 animated film An American Tail.