Concept

Chernihiv

Summary
Chernihiv (Чернігів, t͡ʃerˈn⁽ʲ⁾iɦiu̯), also known as Chernigov (Чернигов, tɕɪrˈnʲiɡəf; Чарнігаў, t͡ʂarˈnʲiɦɐu̯; Czernihovia), is a city and municipality in northern Ukraine, which serves as the administrative center of Chernihiv Oblast and Chernihiv Raion within the oblast. Chernihiv's population is The city was designated as a Hero City of Ukraine by the Ukrainian government during the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine. Geography Chernihiv stands on the Desna River to the north-northeast of Kyiv. The area was served by Chernihiv Shestovytsia Airport prior to 2002, and during the Cold War it was the site of Chernihiv air base. History Etymology The name "Chernihiv" is a compound name, which begins with the root 'Cherni/Cherno,' which means "black" in Slavic. Scholars vary with interpretations of the second part of the name ("hiv"/gov", "говъ") though scholars such as Dr. Martin Dimnik, Professor of Medieval History at University of Toronto, connect C
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