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Horishni Plavni became the cleanest industrial city: top environmentally pristine and polluted cities of Ukraine

Top environmentally pristine and polluted cities of Ukraine. Photo: unsplash / @ worldsbetweenlines

Top environmentally pristine and polluted cities of Ukraine. Photo: unsplash / @ worldsbetweenlines

The most environmentally pristine industrial city at the end of 2020 turned out to be Horishni Plavni in the Poltava region. This is stated in the report on the state of environmental pollution on the territory of Ukraine from the Borys Sreznevskyi Central Geophysical Observatory. It analyzed 39 largest industrial cities of the country.

Thus, Horishni Plavni took first place with an indicator of 1.9 (it takes into account the air pollution rate in accordance with five priority pollutants).

Top 10 clean industrial cities of Ukraine in 2020:

  • Horishni Plavni (Poltava region);
  • Izmail (Odesa region);
  • Svitlovodsk (Kirovohrad region);
  • Kharkiv;
  • Brovary (Kyiv region);
  • Ivano-Frankivsk;
  • Oleksandriia (Kirovohrad region);
  • Ukrainka (Kyiv region);
  • Chernihiv;
  • Chernivtsi.

Top 10 most polluted industrial cities in Ukraine in 2020:

  • First place—Mariupol (Donetsk region). The indicator is 15.7;
  • Kamianske (Dnipropetrovsk region);
  • Dnipro;
  • Kryvyi Rih (Dnipropetrovsk region);
  • Odesa:
  • Kyiv;
  • Mykolaiv;
  • Kherson;
  • Zaporizhzhia;
  • Kramatorsk (Donetsk region).
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In total, at the end of 2020, according to the IPA indicator (air pollution index) in Ukraine, it decreased from 8.2 to 7.0, if compared with 2019. This is due to the average annual decrease in the content of formaldehyde, phenol, and hydrogen fluoride, as well as due to a decrease in industrial production during the coronavirus pandemic.


Borys Sreznevskyi Central Geophysical Observatory Research Central Geophysical Observatory conducted research in 39 cities at 129 stationary posts of the monitoring network of hydrometeorological organizations. In the atmospheric air, the content of 22 pollutants was identified, including eight heavy metals.


Context. In the fall of 2002, Kyiv was in second place in the world ranking of air pollution.

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