Bucha, Kyiv Oblast

town in Ukraine

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Bucha city park
Bucha city park
Bucha Flag
Bucha coat of arms
Bucha is located in Kyiv Oblast
Bucha is located in Ukraine
Coordinates: 50°33′27.15″N 30°13′36.17″E / 50.5575417°N 30.2267139°E / 50.5575417; 30.2267139Coordinates: 50°33′27.15″N 30°13′36.17″E / 50.5575417°N 30.2267139°E / 50.5575417; 30.2267139
OblastKyiv Oblast
 • Total26.57 km2 (10.26 sq mi)
 • Total28,533
 • Density1,100/km2 (2,800/sq mi)
Area code(s)+380 4597

Bucha (Ukrainian: Буча) is a city in Ukraine's Kyiv Oblast. Administratively, it is incorporated as a city of oblast significance. Its population is approximately 36,971 (2021 est.)[1] Bucha Day is celebrated in the city on 13 September.


Afghanistan war memorial.

The settlement arose with construction of the Kyiv–Kovel railway in 1898 around a small train stop by Bucha River. Bucha was a train stop of the Kyiv–Kovel railway similar to one in the modern city of Irpin. In close vicinity to the Bucha train stop there was a small village called Yablunka, where there used to be a brick factory. Yablunka is mentioned in the 19th century Polish Geographic dictionary as the village of Jabłonka 37 versts away from Kyiv.[2]

During World War II, before the liberation of Kyiv from Nazi forces in December 1943, Bucha was the location of the headquarters of the 1st Ukrainian Front commanded by General Vatutin.

Bucha was granted city status on February 9, 2006.[3] Before 1996, Bucha was a town within the Irpin city municipality.

During the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine, heavy fighting took place in Bucha as part of the Kyiv offensive, resulting in severe Russian losses. Russian forces attacked the town's Afghanistan War memorial, which they may have mistaken for a Ukrainian military vehicle.[4]


There is a stadium in Bucha named Yuvileiny Stadium, where some matches were held in October 2016 for the 2017 UEFA European Under-19 Championship qualification.[5]

There is a glass factory in Bucha. Built back in 1946, it was closed down in 2016. There is a small train stop called "Sklozavodska".

The town's main landmark is a 19th-century railway station located at the south edge of the city. Through the city runs a major highway M07.

Author Mikhail Bulgakov stayed in Bucha with his family during the summer season in his cottage.

Twin towns

Bucha is twinned with:



  1. ^ "Чисельність наявного населення України (Actual population of Ukraine)" (PDF) (in Ukrainian). State Statistics Service of Ukraine. Retrieved 11 July 2021.
  2. ^ "Jabłonka". Geographical Dictionary of the Kingdom of Poland (in Polish). 3. Warszawa: Kasa im. Józefa Mianowskiego. 1882. p. 342.
  3. ^ Bucha // Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine
  4. ^ Tiefenthäler, Ainara; Willis, Haley; Cardia, Alexander (27 February 2022). "Videos show Russian losses on outskirts of Kyiv". The New York Times. Retrieved 27 February 2022.
  5. ^ uefa.com. "Under-19 - Matches – UEFA.com".

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