Poltava region

Poltava region is situated in the centre of Ukraine in the Dnieper Lowland. It is the forest-steppe zone with moderately cold winters and warm summers. The Dnieper River and a few smaller rivers, namely the Psyol River and the Vorskla River, are the main rivers of the region. Poltava has always been a part of Ukraine despite of Russia's jurisdiction from the 18th to 20th century. The area is rich in minerals, oil, gas, and iron ore. The industry is well developed in the region and makes 70% of the gross regional product. The main industries are Kryukovsky rail carriage building works, iron ore plant in Komsomolsk, petrochemical and automobile plants in Kremenchug. Business tourism is also well developed in the region. Poltava region has got world fame for the resorts with healthy water "Myrgorodska" as well as for a significant number of tourist camps and lodges on the banks of rivers and reservoirs. Recreation tourism, rural and green tourism are of the greatest development in Poltava region. The city of Poltava is a regional center which can be called an outdoor museum itself. In the historic part of the city you can find dozens of monuments related to the victory of the Russian Czar Peter I over the Swedes and the army of the Ukrainian Hetman I. Mazepa in 1709 at Poltava. Churches, monasteries, and monuments to Ukrainian writers and poets, who at various times glorified Poltava in their works, along with the purity and beauty of the nature attract crowds of tourists.