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{{native nameСевастопольcrhcrhitalics=no}}| image_skyline = Sevastopol Collage 2015.png| image_flag = Flag of Sevastopol.svg| image_shield = COA of Sevastopol.svg| shield_size = 55px| image_map = Crimea-sevastopol-orthographic-projection2.svg| map_caption = Orthographic projection of Sevastopol (in green)| image_map1 = File:Sevastopol location map.svg| map_caption1 = Map of the Crimean Peninsula with Sevastopol highlighted| pushpin_map = Crimea#Black Sea#Ukraine#European Russia| pushpin_label_position = | pushpin_map_caption = Location of Kacha within Sevastopol| pushpin_mapsize = format=dms|display=inline,title}}List of sovereign states>Country{{UKR}} (United Nations General Assembly Resolution 68/262)>{{RUS}} (de facto)}}| subdivision_type1 = Status within Ukraine| subdivision_name1 = City with special status| subdivision_type2 = Status within RussiaFederal cities of Russia>Federal city| established_title = Founded1783}} years ago)| government_footnotes =  (de facto)Governor of Sevastopol (Russia)>Governor| leader_name = Mikhail Razvozhaev (Acting)| area_total_km2 = 864| population_as_of = 2019| population_total = 443211| population_density_km2 = auto| population_demonym = Sevastopolitan, SevastopolianMoscow Time>MSK (de facto)| utc_offset = +03:00 | elevation_m = 100| postal_code_type = Postal code| postal_code = 299000—299699 (Russian system)WORK=SEVASTOPOL.GOV.RU, | blank_name = License plate| blank_info = 92 (Russian system)weblink}} {{ru icon}}, de facto| name = }}Sevastopol ({{IPAc-en|ËŒ|s|É›|v|É™|ˈ|s|t|oÊŠ|p|É™l|,_|-|ˈ|s|t|É’|p|É™l|,_|s|É™|ˈ|v|æ|s|t|É™|p|É’|l|,_|-|p|É™l}};{{Citation | author = Merriam-Webster | authorlink = Merriam-Webster | title = Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary | publisher = Merriam-Webster |url= |postscript=.}} ; ; , }}) is the largest city on the Crimean Peninsula and a major Black Sea port. Since annexing Crimea in 2014, the Russian Federation has administered Sevastopol as a federal city. Nevertheless, Ukraine and most of the UN member countries continue to regard Sevastopol as a city with special status within Ukraine. The population is made up of mostly Russians with small numbers of Ukrainians and Tatars.Sevastopol has a population of {{Crimea-census2014|393,304|punct=,}} concentrated mostly near the Sevastopol Bay and surrounding areas. The location and navigability of the city's harbours have made Sevastopol a strategically important port and naval base throughout history. The city has been a home to the Russian Black Sea Fleet, which is why it was considered as a separate city in Crimea of significant military importance and was once operated by the Soviet Union as a closed city.Although relatively small at {{convert|864|km2}}, Sevastopol's unique naval and maritime features have been the basis for a robust economy. The city enjoys mild winters and moderate warm summers; characteristics that help make it a popular seaside resort and tourist destination, mainly for visitors from the former Soviet republics. The city is also an important centre for marine biology research. In particular, dolphins have been studied and trained in the city by the military since the end of World War II.


The name of Sevastopolis was originally chosen in the same etymological trend as other cities in the Crimean peninsula; it was intended to express its ancient Greek origins. It is a compound of the Greek adjective, (sebastos, 'venerable') and the noun (pólis) ('city'). is the traditional Greek equivalent of the Roman honorific Augustus, originally given to the first emperor of the Roman Empire, Augustus and later awarded as a title to his successors.Despite its Greek origin, the name is not from Ancient Greek times. The city was probably named after Empress ("Augusta") Catherine II of the Russian Empire founded Sevastopol in 1783. She visited the city in 1787, accompanied by Joseph II, the Emperor of Austria, and other foreign dignitaries.In the west of the city, there are well-preserved ruins of the ancient Greek port city of Chersonesos, founded in the 5th{{citation needed| date= December 2012}} (or 4th) century BC by settlers from Heraclea Pontica. This name means "peninsula", reflecting its immediate location. It is not related to the ancient Greek name for the Crimean Peninsula as a whole: Chersonēsos Taurikē ("the Taurian Peninsula").The name of the city is spelled as:
  • In English, the current prevalent spelling of the name is Sevastopol; the previously common spelling Sebastopol is still used by some publications such as The Economist. In English, the current spelling also has the pronunciation {{IPAc-en|s|É™|ˈ|v|æ|s|t|É™|p|oÊŠ|l}} or {{IPAc-en|ËŒ|s|É›|v|É™|ˈ|s|t|oÊŠ|p|É™l}},WEB,weblink definition: meaning, pronunciation and origin of the word, Oxford Dictionary, Oxford University Press, 2014, 7 June 2014, whilst the former spelling has the pronunciation {{IPAc-en|s|áµ»|ˈ|b|æ|s|t|É™|p|É™l|,_|-|p|É’|l}}WEB,weblink definition: meaning, pronunciation and origin of the word, Oxford Dictionary, Oxford University Press, 2014, 7 June 2014, or {{IPAc-en|s|É™|ˈ|b|æ|s|t|É™|p|oÊŠ|l|,_|-|p|É’|l}}.WEB,weblink definition: meaning, pronunciation and origin of the word, Oxford Dictionary, Oxford University Press, 2014, 7 June 2014,
  • ; , pronounced {{IPA-uk|sevɑˈstÉ”pÉ”lʲ|}} in Ukrainian and {{IPA-ru |sʲɪvɐˈstopÉ™lʲ|}}WEB,weblink definition: meaning, pronunciation and origin of the word, Oxford Dictionary, Oxford University Press, 2014, 7 June 2014, in Russian.
  • , pronounced {{IPA-tt|aqˈjar|}}.


{{see also|History of Crimea}}File:Sevastopol 04-14 img36 Chersonesus.jpg|thumb|The ruins of the ancient Greek theatre in Chersonesos TauricaChersonesos TauricaIn the 6th century BC, a Greek colony was established in the area of the modern-day city. The Greek city of Chersonesus existed for almost two thousand years, first as an independent democracy and later as part of the Bosporan Kingdom. In the 13th and 14th centuries, it was sacked by the Golden Horde several times and was finally totally abandoned. The modern day city of Sevastopol has no connection to the ancient and medieval Greek city, but the ruins are a popular tourist attraction located on the outskirts of the city.

Part of the Russian Empire

(File:"Soldier and Sailor" Memorial to Heroic Defenders of Sevastopol.jpg|thumb|"Soldier and Sailor" Memorial to Heroic Defenders of Sevastopol)File:2012-09-09 Памятник затопленным кораблям в Севастополе (1).jpg|thumb|upright|The Monument to the Sunken Ships, dedicated to ships destroyed during the siege of Sevastopol during the Crimean War, designed by Amandus AdamsonAmandus AdamsonSevastopol was founded in June 1783 as a base for a naval squadron under the name Akhtiar{{Citation | contribution-url =weblink | contribution = Sevastopol | title = The Ukrainian Soviet Encyclopedia | publisher = Leksika | place = UK| title-link = Ukrainian Soviet Encyclopedia }} (White Cliff),{{Citation | contribution-url =weblink | contribution = Sevastopol | title = The Great Soviet Encyclopedia | publisher = Yandex | place = RU| title-link = Great Soviet Encyclopedia }} by Rear Admiral Thomas MacKenzie (Foma Fomich Makenzi), a native Scot in Russian service; soon after Russia annexed the Crimean Khanate. Five years earlier, Alexander Suvorov ordered that earthworks be erected along the harbour and Russian troops be placed there. In February 1784, Catherine the Great ordered Grigory Potemkin to build a fortress there and call it Sevastopol. The realisation of the initial building plans fell to Captain Fyodor Ushakov who in 1788 was named commander of the port and of the Black Sea squadron.WEB,weblink Основание и развитие Севастополя (Osnovaniye i razvitiye Sevastopolya), Foundation and development of Sevastopol,, 28 May 2007, 26 April 2010, Russian, It became an important naval base and later a commercial seaport. In 1797, under an edict issued by Emperor Paul I, the military stronghold was again renamed to Akhtiar. Finally, on 29 April (10 May), 1826, the Senate returned the city's name to Sevastopol.One of the most notable events involving the city is the Siege of Sevastopol (1854–55) carried out by the British, French, Sardinian, and Turkish troops during the Crimean War, which lasted for 11 months. Despite its efforts, the Russian army had to leave its stronghold and evacuate over a pontoon bridge to the north shore of the inlet. The Russians chose to sink their entire fleet to prevent it from falling into the hands of the enemy and at the same time to block the entrance of the Western ships into the inlet. When the enemy troops entered Sevastopol, they were faced with the ruins of a formerly glorious city.{{citation needed|date=January 2015}}A panorama of the siege originally was created by Franz Roubaud. After its destruction in 1942 during World War II, it was restored and is currently housed in a specially constructed circular building in the city. It portrays the situation at the height of the siege, on 18 June 1855.{{citation needed|date=January 2015}}

World War II

During World War II, Sevastopol withstood intensive bombardment by the Germans in 1941–42, supported by their Italian and Romanian allies during the Battle of Sevastopol. German forces used railway artillery—including history's largest-ever calibre railway artillery piece in battle, the 80-cm calibre Schwerer Gustav—and specialised mobile heavy mortars to destroy Sevastopol's extremely heavy fortifications, such as the Maxim Gorky Fortresses. After fierce fighting, which lasted for 250 days, the supposedly untakable{{citation needed|date=January 2015}} fortress city finally fell to Axis forces in July 1942. It was intended to be renamed to "Theoderichshafen" (in reference to Theoderic the Great and the fact that the Crimea had been home to Germanic Goths until the 18th or 19th century) in the event of a German victory against the Soviet Union, and like the rest of the Crimea was designated for future colonisation by the Third Reich. It was liberated by the Red Army on 9 May 1944 and was awarded the Hero City title a year later.

Sevastopol as part of Ukrainian SSR

During the Soviet era, Sevastopol became a so-called "closed city". This meant that any non-residents had to apply to the authorities for a temporary permit to visit the city.On 29 October 1948, the Presidium of Supreme Council of the Russian SFSR issued a ukase (order) which confirmed the special status of the city. Soviet academic publications since 1954, including the Great Soviet Encyclopedia, indicated that Sevastopol, Crimean Oblast was part of the Ukrainian SSR (Great Soviet Encyclopedia 1976, Vol.23. pp 104).WEB,weblink Яндекс.Словари,, 3 May 2014,weblink" title="">weblink 17 August 2014, yes, dmy-all, In 1954, under Nikita Khrushchev, both Sevastopol and the remainder of the Crimean peninsula were administratively transferred from being territories within the Russian SFSR to being territories administered by the Ukrainian SSR. Administratively, Sevastopol was a municipality excluded from the adjacent Crimean Oblast.{{citation needed|date=December 2018}}{{explain|date=December 2018}} The territory of the municipality was 863.5 km² and it was further subdivided into four raions (districts). Besides the City of Sevastopol proper, it also included two towns—Balaklava (having had no status until 1957), Inkerman, urban-type settlement Kacha, and 29 villages.BOOK,weblink Contemporary Ukraine,, 9780765631503, Kuzio, Taras, 15 April 1998, At the 1955 Ukrainian parliamentary elections on 27 February, Sevastopol was split into two electoral districts, Stalinsky and Korabelny (initially requested three Stalinsky, Korabelny, and Nakhimovsky). Eventually, Sevastopol received two people's deputies of the Ukrainian SSR elected to the Verkhovna Rada A. Korovchenko and M. Kulakov.WEB,weblinkweblink" title="">weblink 小褌邪褌褜懈 / 谐邪蟹械褌邪 肖谢芯褌 校泻褉邪褩薪懈: 袩袨效孝袠 50 袥袝孝 袧袗袟袗袛. 小袝袙袗小孝袨袩袨袥鞋 袙 1955 袚袨袛校, 8 December 2014,, In 1957, the town of Balaklava was incorporated into Sevastopol.

After Soviet dissolution

(File:Музей Черноморского флота.jpg|thumb|The Black Sea Fleet Museum)On 10 July 1993, the Russian parliament passed a resolution declaring Sevastopol to be "a federal Russian city".Secession as an International Phenomenon: From America's Civil War to Contemporary Separatist Movements edited by Don Harrison Doyle (page 284) At the time, many supporters of the president, Boris Yeltsin, had ceased taking part in the Parliament's work.{{Citation | first = Serge | last = Schmemann | url =weblink | title = Russian Parliament Votes a Claim to Russian Port of Sevastopol | newspaper = The New York Times | date = 10 July 1993}} On 20 July 1993 the United Nations Security Council denounced the decision of the Russia parliament. According to Anatoliy Zlenko, it was for the first time that the council had to review actions and come up with qualification of them for a legislative body.WEB,weblinkweblink" title="">weblink Українське життя в Севастополi Михайло ЛУКІНЮК ОБЕРЕЖНО: МІФИ! Міф про юридичну належність Севастополя Росії, 8 December 2014,, On 14 April 1993, the Presidium of the Crimean Parliament called for the creation of the presidential post of the Crimean Republic. A week later, the Russian deputy, Valentin Agafonov, stated that Russia was ready to supervise the referendum on Crimean independence and include the republic as a separate entity in the CIS. On 28 July 1993, one of the leaders of the Russian Society of Crimea, Viktor Prusakov, stated that his organisation was ready for an armed mutiny and establishment of the Russian administration in Sevastopol.In September, the commander of the joint Russian-Ukrainian Black Sea Fleet, {{ill|Eduard Baltin|ru|Балтин, Эдуард Дмитриевич|vertical-align=sup}}, accused Ukraine of converting some of his fleet and conducting an armed assault on his personnel, and threatened to take countermeasures of placing the fleet on alert. (In June 1992, the Russian president Boris Yeltsin and the Ukrainian president Leonid Kravchuk had agreed to divide the former-Soviet Black Sea Fleet between Russia and Ukraine. Eduard Baltin had been appointed commander of the Black Sea Fleet by Yeltsin and Kravchuk on 15 January 1993.)In May 1997, Russia and Ukraine signed the Peace and Friendship Treaty, ruling out Moscow's territorial claims to Ukraine.{{Citation | url =weblink | title = People | place = CN | date = 28 December 2005}} A separate agreement established the terms of a long-term lease of land, facilities, and resources in Sevastopol and the Crimea by Russia.{{citation needed|date=January 2015}}File:Vladimir Putin in Ukraine 28-29 July 2001-17.jpg|thumb|Vladimir Putin with Ukrainian President Leonid KuchmaLeonid KuchmaThe ex-Soviet Black Sea Fleet and its facilities were divided between Russia's Black Sea Fleet and the Ukrainian Naval Forces. The two navies co-used some of the city's harbours and piers, while others were demilitarised or used by either country. Sevastopol remained the location of the Russian Black Sea Fleet headquarters with the Ukrainian Naval Forces Headquarters also in the city. A judicial row periodically continued over the naval hydrographic infrastructure both in Sevastopol and on the Crimean coast (especially lighthouses historically maintained by the Soviet or Russian Navy and also used for civil navigation support).As in the rest of the Crimea, Russian remained the predominant language of the city, although following the independence of Ukraine there were some attempts at Ukrainisation with very little success. The Russian society in general and even some outspoken government representatives never accepted the loss of Sevastopol and tended to regard it as temporarily separated from the homeland.WEB,weblink Лужков знайшов у серці рану і хоче почувати себе в Криму як вдома,, In July 2009, the chairman of the Sevastopol city council, Valeriy Saratov (Party of Regions){{Citation|url= |title=Calm sea in Sevastopol |newspaper=Kyiv Post |date=4 September 2009 |deadurl=yes |archiveurl= |archivedate=15 September 2008 }} stated that Ukraine should increase the amount of compensation it is paying to the city of Sevastopol for hosting the foreign Russian Black Sea Fleet, instead of requesting such obligations from the Russian government and the Russian Ministry of Defense in particular.{{Citation|url= |title=Sevastopol authorities asking to raise compensation fees for Russian Black Sea Fleet's basing |newspaper=Kyiv Post |date=28 July 2009 |deadurl=yes |archiveurl= |archivedate=1 March 2012 }}On 27 April 2010, Russia and Ukraine ratified the Russian Ukrainian Naval Base for Gas treaty, extending the Russian Navy's lease of Crimean facilities for 25 years after 2017 (through 2042) with an option to prolong the lease in 5-year extensions. The ratification process in the Ukrainian parliament encountered stiff opposition and erupted into a brawl in the parliament chamber. Eventually, the treaty was ratified by a 52% majority vote—236 of 450. The Russian Duma ratified the treaty by a 98% majority (without incident).{{Citation | place = UK | publisher = BBC | newspaper = World | url =weblink | title = Parliamentary chaos as Ukraine ratifies fleet deal | date = 27 April 2010}}

2014 Russian annexation

File:Putin with Vladimir Konstantinov, Sergey Aksyonov and Alexey Chaly 4.jpeg|thumb|Vladimir Putin, Vladimir Konstantinov, Sergey Aksyonov and Aleksei ChalyiAleksei ChalyiOn 20 February 2014, Russian armed forces seized control of the Crimean peninsula.WEB,weblink Today is the 2nd anniversary since the beginning of Crimea occupation,, The city council of Sevastopol reportedly unilaterally declared that it wished to join the Russian Federation as a federal subject.WEB,weblink Севастополь принял решение о вхождении в состав РФ : Новости УНИАН,, 7 March 2014, The city council on 11 March released a joint resolution with the Supreme Council of Crimea to unite as an independent republic between the potential passing of the referendum and union with Russia.PRESS RELEASE,weblink ru:Парламент Крыма принял Декларацию о независимости АРК и г. Севастополя, Parliament of Crimea adopted the Declaration on the Independence of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol, ru, Supreme Council of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, 11 March 2014, 12 March 2014, yes,weblink" title="">weblink 11 March 2014, dmy, Ukrainian authorities and the international community strongly criticised the referendum decision.WEB,weblink ВС Крыма принял незаконное решение о проведении референдума – Турчинов,, The actions of the Russian Federation were qualified by the international communityWEB, Backing Ukraine's territorial integrity, UN Assembly declares Crimea referendum invalid,weblink UN News, United Nations, 1 August 2018, as aggression against Ukraine, and occupation of its territory.On 16 March, a controversial referendum on leaving Ukraine took place in the city, along with the rest of Crimea. During the voting, the Building of the Supreme Council of Crimea was controlled by the Russian military. The official reports by the organizers of the referendum were that a majority of 95.6%weblink {{webarchive |url= |date=22 July 2014 }} voted to become a part of the Russian Federation, though these results are contested. The results of the survey by the Broadcasting Board of Governors, conducted April 21–29, 2014, showed that 83% of Crimeans felt that the results of the March 16 referendum on Crimea's status likely reflected the views of most people there. This referendum resulted in the establishment of the short-lived Republic of Crimea, which consisted of both Sevastopol and Crimea.On 18 March 2014, the treaty on the incorporation of the Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol to Russia was signed between Russia and the Republic of Crimea, with the following content:WEB,weblink Президент России,, While Russia and ten other UN member states recognize the Crimean peninsula as part of the Russian Federation, Ukraine continues to claim Crimea and Sevastopol as an integral part of its territory, supported by most foreign governments and United Nations General Assembly Resolution 68/262.NEWS, Kremlin: Crimea and Sevastopol are now part of Russia, not Ukraine,weblink CNN, 18 March 2014,


(File:Sevastopol, Ukraine.jpg|thumb|left|Satellite image of the Sevastopol area.){{multiple image| direction = vertical| width = 300| image1 = Вид на залив Севастополе.jpg| caption1 = A view of the Bay of Sevastopol.| image2 = Fiolent Sevastopol 2009 G1.jpg| caption2 = Fiolent rocks formation on the coast of Sevastopol.}}The city of Sevastopol is located at the southwestern tip of the Crimean peninsula in a headland known as Heracles peninsula on a coast of the Black Sea. The city is designated a special city-region of Ukraine which besides the city itself includes several of its outlying settlements. The city itself is concentrated mostly at the western portion of the region and around the long Bay of Sevastopol. This bay is a ria, a river canyon drowned by Holocene sea-level rise, and the outlet of Chorna River. Away in a remote location southeast of Sevastopol is located the former city of Balaklava (since 1957 incorporated within Sevastopol), the bay of which in Soviet times served as a main port for the Soviet diesel-powered submarines.The coastline of the region is mostly rocky, in a series of smaller bays, a great number of which are located within the Bay of Sevastopol. The biggest of them are the Southern Bay (within Bay of Sevastopol), the Archer Bay, a gulf complex that consists of the Deergrass Bay, the Bay of Cossack, the Salty Bay, and many others. There are over thirty bays in the immediate region.Through the region flow three rivers: the Belbek, Chorna, and Kacha. All three mountain chains of Crimean mountains are represented in Sevastopol, the southern chain by the Balaklava Highlands, the inner chain by the Mekenziev Mountains, and the outer chain by the Kara-Tau Upland (Black Mountain).


Sevastopol has a humid subtropical climate (Köppen climate classification: Cfa),JOURNAL, Kottek, M., J. Grieser, C. Beck, B. Rudolf, F. Rubel, World Map of the Köppen-Geiger climate classification updated, Meteorol. Z., 15, 259–263,weblink 10.1127/0941-2948/2006/0130, 28 August 2012, 2006, 3, 2006MetZe..15..259K, thanks to summer mean straddling {{convert|22|C|F}} that is bordering on a four-season oceanic climate, with cool winters and warm to hot summers.The average yearly temperature is {{convert|15|–|16|C|F}} during the day and around {{convert|9|°C|°F|abbr=on}} at night. In the coldest months, January and February, the average temperature is {{convert|5|–|6|C|F}} during the day and around {{convert|1|°C|°F|abbr=on}} at night. In the warmest months, July and August, the average temperature is around {{convert|26|°C|°F|abbr=on}} during the day and around {{convert|19|°C|°F|abbr=on}} at night. Generally, summer/holiday season lasts 5 months, from around mid-May and into September, with the temperature often reaching {{convert|20|°C|0|abbr=on}} or more in the first half of October.The average annual temperature of the sea is {{convert|14.2|°C|0|abbr=on}}, ranging from {{convert|7|°C|0|abbr=on}} in February to {{convert|24|°C|0|abbr=on}} in August. From June to September, the average sea temperature is greater than {{convert|20|°C|0|abbr=on}}. In the second half of May and first half of October; the average sea temperature is about {{convert|17|°C|0|abbr=on}}. The average rainfall is about {{convert|400|mm|in}} per year. There are about 2,345 hours of sunshine duration per year.WEB,weblink The duration of sunshine in some cities of the former USSR, Meteoweb, Russian, 29 September 2012, {{Weather box|location = Sevastopol|metric first = yes|single line = yes|Jan high C = 5.1|Feb high C = 5.9|Mar high C = 8.8|Apr high C = 15.5|May high C = 20.5|Jun high C = 24.7|Jul high C = 27.3|Aug high C = 26.9|Sep high C = 22.6|Oct high C = 17.1|Nov high C = 11.9|Dec high C = 7.7|year high C =|Jan mean C = 1.7|Feb mean C = 2.4|Mar mean C = 4.8|Apr mean C = 10.8|May mean C = 15.7|Jun mean C = 19.7|Jul mean C = 22.1|Aug mean C = 21.6|Sep mean C = 17.5|Oct mean C = 12.6|Nov mean C = 8.2|Dec mean C = 4.4|year mean C =|Jan low C = -1.6|Feb low C = -1.0|Mar low C = 0.9|Apr low C = 6.1|May low C = 10.9|Jun low C = 14.8|Jul low C = 17.1|Aug low C = 16.4|Sep low C = 12.5|Oct low C = 8.1|Nov low C = 4.5|Dec low C = 1.1|year low C =|Jan precipitation mm = 57|Feb precipitation mm = 46|Mar precipitation mm = 42|Apr precipitation mm = 36|May precipitation mm = 39|Jun precipitation mm = 54|Jul precipitation mm = 44|Aug precipitation mm = 47|Sep precipitation mm = 46|Oct precipitation mm = 41|Nov precipitation mm = 57|Dec precipitation mm = 74|year precipitation mm =|Jan precipitation days= 12|Feb precipitation days= 11|Mar precipitation days= 10|Apr precipitation days= 10|May precipitation days= 9|Jun precipitation days= 9|Jul precipitation days= 7|Aug precipitation days= 8|Sep precipitation days= 7|Oct precipitation days= 9|Nov precipitation days= 11|Dec precipitation days= 13|year precipitation days=|unit precipitation days=|Jan sun= 93|Feb sun= 87|Mar sun= 155|Apr sun= 180|May sun= 248|Jun sun= 300|Jul sun= 310|Aug sun= 279|Sep sun= 240|Oct sun= 186|Nov sun= 90|Dec sun= 62|year sun= PUBLISHER=WEATHER2TRAVEL.COM, 26 March 2014, AUTHOR=WORK=CLIMATE-DATA.ORG, |date=April 2016}}

Politics and government

{{multiple image| direction = horizontal| width = 300| image1 = Navy Day Sevastopol 2012 G03.jpg| caption1 = 2012 Navy Day joint celebration (Russian AF)| image2 = Navy Day Sevastopol 2012 G04.jpg| caption2 = 2012 Navy Day joint celebration (Ukrainian AF)}}File:Boat U170 Skadovsk 2012 G1.jpg|thumbnail|Ukrainian Navy artillery boat U170 in the Bay of SevastopolBay of Sevastopol(File:Celebrating Victory Day and the 70th anniversary of Sevastopol’s liberation (2493-07).jpg|thumb|Victory Day in Sevastopol, 9 May 2014)On 18 March 2014 the Kremlin announced that Sevastopol would become the third federal city in the Russian Federation, the two others being Moscow and St. Petersburg.

City State Administration

The executive power of Sevastopol is exercised by the Sevastopol City State Administration led by a chairman.WEB,weblink The City State Administration, Sevastopol City State Administration, 30 March 2014, yes,weblink" title="">weblink 11 February 2014, dmy-all, Since April 2014 the executive power is held by the Government of Sevastopol, led by the City Governor.


Before 2014, the Sevastopol City Council was the legislature of Sevastopol and the mayor of Sevastopol was appointed by the Ukrainian central government. However, during the 2014 Crimean crisis, the pro-Russian City Council threw its support behind Russian citizen Alexei Chaly as the "people's mayor" and said it would not recognise orders from Kiev.NEWS,weblink The Guardian, Ukraine: Sevastopol installs pro-Russian mayor as separatism fears grow, 25 February 2014, 29 March 2014, NEWS,weblink Kyiv Post, Sevastopol City Council refuses to recognize Kyiv leadership, 2 March 2014, 29 March 2014, After the Accession of Crimea to the Russian Federation, the Legislative Assembly of Sevastopol replaced the City Council and the mayor is appointed by the legislative branch on the nomination of the Russian Presidentweblink and officially the mayor is called the Governor of Sevastopol City.

Administrative and municipal divisions

Sevastopol is administratively divided into four districts.File:Sevastopol-boroughs.svg|thumb|Districts of Sevastopol:{{legend|#F09ABD|Gagarin Raion (Gagarinsky District, Sevastopol)}}{{legend|#E14A35|Lenin Raion (Leninsky District)}}{{legend|#45B7ED|Nakhimov Raion (Nakhimovsky District)}}{{legend|#8DCCA1|Balaklava RaionBalaklava RaionWithin the Russian municipal framework, the territory of the federal city of Sevastopol is divided into nine municipal okrugs and the Town of Inkerman. While individual municipal divisions are contained within the borders of the administrative districts, they are not otherwise related to the administrative districts.


{{Missing information|section|Sevastopol's economic output by economic sector|date=March 2014}}Apart from navy-related civil facilities, Sevastopol hosts some other notable industries. An example is Stroitel,{{citation |title=Stroitel | }} Seeweblink one of the leading plastic manufacturers in Russia.The city received millions of US Dollars in compensation for hosting the Russian Black Sea Fleet from the Russian and the Ukrainian government.


  • Sevastopol Aircraft Plant, SMZ Sevastopol Shipyards (main at Naval Bay) & Inkerman Shipyards, Balaklava Bay Shipyard
  • Impuls 2 SMZ
  • Chornomornaftogaz § Chernomorneftegaz (Chjornomor), oil gas extraction, petrochemical, jack rigs and oil plantforms, LNG and oil tankers.
  • AO FNGUP Granit subsidiary of Almaz Antej, (assemblation ?) overhaul and manutention of SAM and radar EW complexes, ADS services.
  • Sevastopol (Parus SPriborMZ, Mayak, NPO Elektron, NPP Kvant, Tavrida Elektronik, Musson, other plants, industry)
  • Sevastopol Economic Industrial Zone SevPZ (south SE area)
  • Persej SMZ ship remont and floating dock yard plant (South Bay, Sevastopol)
  • Sevastopol ship remont and floating docks yards (various)
  • Various Mining and Metallurgy, Chemical Plants, and other industries around
  • Agricolture, crops, rice wheat wines thea fruits, tobacco (lesser), other products . Fishing and farming .
  • Mining, iron titanium manganese aluminium, calcite silicates and else, amethyst, other .
  • Kerch bridge, Taurida highway, Sevastopol GasTES plus solar FV plants, gas and petro depots coal and materials, ports .


File:Trolleybus Sevastopol 2012 G2.jpg|thumb|Trolleybuses ZiU-9ZiU-9There are seven types of transport in Sevastopol:
  • Bus – 101 lines
  • Trolleybus – 14 lines
  • Minibus – 52 lines
  • Cutter – 6 lines
  • Ferry – 1 line
  • Express-bus – 15 lines
  • HEV-train{local, suburban route} – 1 route
  • Airport – 1
Sevastopol Shipyard comprises three facilities that together repair, modernise, and re-equip Russian Naval ships and submarines.WEB, Sevmorverf (Sevastopol Shipyard), Federation of American Scientists,weblink 24 August 2000, 8 July 2013, The Sevastopol International Airport is used as a military aerodrome at the moment and being reconstructed to be used by international airlines.Sevastopol maintains a large port facility in the Bay of Sevastopol and in smaller bays around the Heracles peninsula. The port handles traffic from passengers (local transportation and cruise), cargo, and commercial fishing. The port infrastructure is fully integrated with the city of Sevastopol and naval bases of the Black Sea Fleet.{{wide image|Sevastopol panorama.JPG|1000px|Panorama of the Sevastopol port entrance (left) with its monument to Russian ships which were sunk in the Crimean War to blockade the harbour (far right side).}}


After World War II, Sevastopol was entirely rebuilt. Many top architects and civil engineers from Moscow, Leningrad, Kiev and other cities and thousands of workers from all parts of the USSR took part in the rebuilding process which was mostly finished by the mid-1950s. The downtown core situated on a peninsula between two narrow inlets, South Bay and Artillery Bay, features mostly Mediterranean-style, three-story residential buildings with columned balconies and Venetian-style arches, with retail and commercial spaces occupying the ground level. Some carefully restored landmarks date back to the early 20th century (e.g., the Art Nouveau Main Post Office on Bolshaya Morskaya St and the Art Museum on Nakhimovsky Prospect). It has been a long-time tradition for the residents of surrounding suburbs to spend summer evenings by coming to the downtown area for a leisurely stroll with their families along the avenues and boulevards encircling the Central Hill, under the Sevastopol chestnut trees, and usually ending up on the waterfront with its Marine Boulevard.{{citation needed|date=October 2018}}Due to its military history, most streets in the city are named after Russian and Soviet military heroes. There are hundreds of monuments and plaques in various parts of Sevastopol commemorating its military past.Attractions include:{{col-list|colwidth=30em|
  • Chersonessos National Archeological Reserve
  • Sevastopol Art Museum named after the N.P. Kroshitskiy
  • Sevastopol Museum of Local History
  • Aquarium-Museum of the Institute of Biology of the Southern Seas of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine
  • Dolphinarium of Sevastopol
  • Sevastopol Zoo
  • The Monument to the scuttled ships on the Marine Boulevard
  • The Panorama Museum (The Heroic Defence of Sevastopol during the Crimean War)
  • Malakhov Kurgan (Barrow) with its White Tower
  • Admirals' Burial Vault
  • The Black Sea Fleet Museum
  • The Storming of Sapun-gora of 7 May 1944, the Diorama Museum (World War II)
  • Naval museum complex "Balaklava", decommissioned underground submarine base, now opened to the public
  • Cheremetieff brothers museum "Crimean war 1853–1856"
  • Museum of the underground forces of 1942–1944
  • Museum Historical Memorial Complex "35th Coastal Battery"
  • The Naval Museum "Michael's battery"
  • Fraternal (Communal) War Cemetery
}}File:Sevastopol Crimea-5243.jpg|Sevastopol Artillery Bay view.File:Sevastopol Crimea-4856.jpg|The seaside of Sevastopol.File:Sevastopol 04-14 img09 Vladimir Cathedral.jpg|St. Vladimir's Cathedral at 'the city hill'.File:Sevastopol 04-14 img06 Peter and Paul Cathedral.jpg|Saints Peter and Paul Cathedral.File:Sevastopol 04-14 img17 View to Northern Side.jpg|View of the Northern side.File:Sevastopol 04-14 img14 PozharovaStreet Old Cemetery.jpg|Old city cemetery.File:Sevastopol 04-14 img01 railway station.jpg|Main railway station.File:Musee Sevastopol.jpg|The Panorama Museum (The Heroic Defence of Sevastopol during the Crimean War).File:Building of Diorama Storm of Sapun Mountain on May 7, 1944 in Sevastopol.jpg|The Storming of Sapun-gora of 7 May 1944, the Diorama Museum (World War II).File:Balaklava, Sevastopol.jpg|Entrance to Balaklava bay, 2010.


{{missing information|section|the different religions practised in Sevastopol; its education system (schools, colleges, and universities); and its healthcare system (clinics and hospitals)|date=March 2014}}The population of Sevastopol proper is 443,211 (01.01.19),population 2019-01-01 making it the largest in the Crimean Peninsula. The city's agglomeration has about 600,000 people (2015). According to the Ukrainian National Census, 2001, the ethnic groups of Sevastopol include Russians (71.6%), Ukrainians (22.4%), Belarusians (1.6%), Tatars (0.7%), Crimean Tatars (0.5%), Armenians (0.3%), Jews (0.3%), Moldovans (0.2%), and Azerbaijanis (0.2%).WEB,weblink 2001 Ukrainian census,, 26 April 2010, {| style="margin: auto"

| group2 = 15–64 years old| pop2 = male 126,918 / female 141,304| percent2 = 70.3% {{decrease}}| group3 = 65 years and over| pop3 = male 19,038 / female 39,826| percent3 = 15.4% {{increase}}date=March 2014}}{{disputed inline|date=March 2014}}}}

| group2 = Female| pop2 = 44.6 years {{steady}}| group3 = Total| pop3 = 40.2 years {{increase}}date=March 2014}}}}
Vital statistics for 2015
  • Births: 5 471 (13.7 per 1000)
  • Deaths: 6 072 (15.2 per 1000)


{{missing information|section|architecture, arts, cuisine, literature, media, and music in Sevastopol|date=March 2014}}There are many historical buildings in the central and eastern parts of the city and Balaklava, some of which are architectural monuments. The Western districts have modern architecture. More recently, numerous skyscrapers have been built. Balaklava Bayfront Plaza (On Hold), currently under construction, will be one of the tallest buildings in Ukraine, at {{convert|173|m|ft|abbr=on}} with 43 floors.WEB,weblink Balaklava Bayfront Plaza, Sevastopol,, 26 April 2010, After the 2014 Russian annexation of Crimea the city's monument to Petro Konashevych-Sahaidachny was removed and handed over to Kharkiv.WEB,weblink В Харькове появится памятник Сагайдачному, Status Quo,


File:Sevastopol 04-14 img04 view from Suvorov Square.jpg|View of SevastopolFile:Soviet and Russian Black Sea Fleet.jpg|Ships of the Black Sea Fleet docked in SevastopolFile:Sevastopol. Nakhimov square.JPG|Nakhimov SquareFile:Sevastopol Nahimova 4-1.jpg|Palace of CultureFile:SevaTeatr.jpg|Lunacharsky TheaterFile:Sevastopol Nahimova 4-2.jpg|Artillery Bay

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