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Trostianets (also Trostyanets; Ukrainian: Тростянець) is a city in the Sumy Oblast in Ukraine, and serves as the administrative center of the Trostianets Raion.

Many were killed and the city was badly damaged during the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Trostianets was a settlement in the Akhtyrka Uyezd. It arose in the first half of the 17th century, during a new wave of migration of peasants and Cossacks from the Right-bank Ukraine to Sloboda Ukraine. The name of the city is associated with the name of the river Trostyanka, which flows nearby.

During World War II, the city was occupied by Axis troops from October 1941 to August 1943. In January 1989 the population was 25,706 people.[1][2]

During the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Trostianets — strategically located between the larger settlements of Sumy and Kharkiv — was attacked by Russian forces shortly after the invasion was launched on 24 February[3] and was captured by them on 1 March 2022. After the city had been liberated, the British newspaper The Guardian found evidence of executions, torture and looting.[4]

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  1. "Всесоюзная перепись населения 1989 г. Численность городского населения союзных республик, их территориальных единиц, городских поселений и городских районов по полу". Archived from the original on 2012-02-04. Retrieved 2022-03-27.
  2. Тростянец // Большой энциклопедический словарь (в 2-х тт.). / редколл., гл. ред. А. М. Прохоров. том 2. М., "Советская энциклопедия", 1991.
  3. "Ukraine says it retook captured town near Russian border". Times of Israel. 27 March 2022. Archived from the original on 26 March 2022. Retrieved 27 March 2022.
  4. "‘Barbarians’: Russian troops leave grisly mark on town of Trostianets", The Guardian, 5 April 2022