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Southern Ukraine (Ukrainian: Південна Україна) is the region next to Crimea on the Black Sea coast of Ukraine.


  Kherson Oblast
  Mykolaiv Oblast
  Odesa Oblast


Map of Southern Ukraine

  • 1 Bilhorod-Dnistrovskyi (Білгород-Дністровський) – The site of the beautiful seaside castle of Akkerman that was much contested for throughout the history.
  • 2 Henichesk – A port city with two beaches
  • 3 Izmail (Ізмаї́л)
  • 4 Kherson (Херсо́н)
  • 5 Mykolaiv (Микола́їв)
  • 6 Ochakiv (Очаків)
  • 7 Odesa (Одеса) – Also called Pearl of the Black Sea, a must see when in Ukraine and refreshing alternative to busy Kyiv.
  • 8 Teplodar (Теплодар)
  • 9 Vylkove (Вилкове) – Also called the Venice of Ukraine, features a web of channels in town and access to the Danube Delta.

Other destinations

Przewalski's Horses at the Askania Nova reserve
  • 1 Askania-Nova   – A nature reserve protecting Europe's largest remaining patch of "virgin" (never-cultivated) steppe grasslands, as well a breeding and reintroduction site for rare animals like Przewalski's Horse and the Turkmenian kulan (or wild ass).
  • 2 Oleshky Sands   – One of the largest deserts in Europe.
  • 3 Lower Dniester National Nature Park   — wetlands of the Dniester estuary, from the Moldovan border to the Black Sea.





Although the official language is Ukrainian, most locals in southern Ukraine speak Russian as their native language.

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In 2022, Russia invaded the region as one of the fronts of its invasion of Ukraine. After Russian advances during the spring, fighting became inconclusive with neither side gaining a major strategic advantage. Southern Ukraine remains an active war zone and all travel to the region should be avoided.

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