The Old Country

By | July 18, 2020

The Dnieper–Bug Canal flows east from Brest in southwestern Belarus, just over the border from Poland and less than 50 km north of Ukraine, through Kobryn, to The Pina (river). In Pinsk, The Pina runs into the Prypiat (river). The Prypiat starts at the northwestern corner of Ukraine, crosses north over the border into Belarus near Pinsk, flows east across Belarus, crosses south back into Ukraine near (the city of) Pripyat, past Chernobyl, into the Dnieper (river) at the northern end of the Kiev Reservoir. (Kiev sits at the southern end of the reservoir.)

The Pinsk Marshes (also called the Pripet Marshes) is a wetlands region over 100,000 square miles in size. The region runs along the Prypiat (river) and its tributaries extending to Brest, Mogilev, and Kiev. The city of Pripyat is 221 miles east-southeast of the center of the Pinsk Marshes.

Pripiac, Pripiat, Prypiat.

By Geof (cropped version), Stechke (original version) at de.wikipedia – Transferred from de.wikipedia to Commons.; own work. based on Image:Karte Ukraine.png, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=3914128
Course of the Dnieper–Bug Canal and Pripyat River.

Kiev Reservoir – formed 1960 – 1966. Other names: Kyiv Cistern, Kyiv Sea, Kiewer Meer.

Chernobyl – Chronobyl.

 TownDistrictProvinceCountry
Before WWI (c. 1900):  GlushaKovelVolhyniaRussian Empire
Between the wars (c. 1930):  Wielka HłuszaKamień KoszyrskiPolesiePoland
After WWII (c. 1950):Velikaya GlushaSoviet Union
Today (c. 2000):Velyka HlushaUkraine
https://www.jewishgen.org/Communities/community.php?usbgn=-1057595
 TownDistrictProvinceCountry
Before WWI (c. 1900):  KobrinKobrinGrodnoRussian Empire
Between the wars (c. 1930):  KobryńKobryńPolesiePoland
After WWII (c. 1950):KobrinSoviet Union
Today (c. 2000):KobrynBelarus
https://www.jewishgen.org/Communities/community.php?usbgn=-1944322
 TownDistrictProvinceCountry
Before WWI (c. 1900):  DivinKobrinGrodnoRussian Empire
Between the wars (c. 1930):  DywinKobryńPolesiePoland
After WWII (c. 1950):DivinSoviet Union
Today (c. 2000):DivinBelarus
https://www.jewishgen.org/Communities/community.php?usbgn=-1057595
 TownDistrictProvinceCountry
Before WWI (c. 1900):  ChernobylRadomyslKievRussian Empire
Between the wars (c. 1930):  ChernobylKievUkraine SSRSoviet Union
After WWII (c. 1950):Chernobyl’Soviet Union
Today (c. 2000):Chornobyl’Ukraine
https://www.jewishgen.org/Communities/community.php?usbgn=-1037390
https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/e/ed/Belarus_1997_CIA_map.jpg
By US Central Intelligence Agency – CIA map, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=389566

Pskov Oblast – on the Western border of Russia in 2020.

Pripyat is located in Kiev Oblast
Map of Pripyat in Kiev Oblast, Ukraine in 2020.
1996 Chernobyl radiation map from CIA - 600 kilometres wide (former border)
By CIA Factbook, Sting (vectorisation), MTruch (English translation), Makeemlighter (English translation) – http://www.lib.utexas.edu/maps/belarus.html, specifically http://www.lib.utexas.edu/maps/commonwealth/chornobyl_radiation96.jpg and File:Tchernobyl_radiation_1996.svg for the vector version, CC BY-SA 2.5, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=2628661
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Map of tribes in the Ninth Century – the modern Pripyat area is just above ‘Slavonic tribes’.


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