Gomel oblast lies to the southeast of Belarus and borders on Briansk oblast /Russia/, Kiev , Chernigov and Zhitomir oblasts /Ukraine/.

The territory of Gomel oblast is 40,400 square kilometers. One third of the territory is covered with forests; the biggest rivers – the Dnepr, the Sozh, the Berezina and the Pripiat – are the most important navigable ways of Belarus .

There is the national park Pripiatskiy and the Polesye radiation-ecological reserve in the oblast.

Today there are 23 museums and 4 theaters and philharmonic societies in Gomel oblast numbers.

The region has 2,540 monuments, 1,360 of them are monuments of history and culture, 140 – of architecture and 1,040 – of archeology. And if the latter /they include ancient settlements and burial places/ are of interest only to archeologists and historians, the other places stir deep interest of the people who appreciate architectural masterpieces and are fond of the Belarusian history.

Ukraine to host Year of Belarusian Culture in 2014

MINSK, 6 September (BelTA) – The Year of Belarusian Culture will be held in Ukraine in 2014. The year 2015 has been announced the Year of Ukraine in Belarus, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ukraine to Belarus Mikhail Yezhel said at a solemn meeting to mark the 22nd anniversary of Ukraine’s independence on 5 September, BelTA has learnt.

In his speech the diplomat stressed Ukraine’s interest in close cooperation with the Customs Union: “We are grateful to the Belarusian side for its support in the preparation and signing of the memorandum of cooperation between Ukraine and the Eurasian Economic Commission. Ukraine, in its turn, supports Belarus on the world’s stage and is ready to defend the necessity for Belarus’ full-fledged and all-round engagement in the European processes.”

According to Mikhail Yezhel, Ukraine is an active participant in the UN and the OSCE. The results of Ukraine’s Presidency in the OSCE in the first half of the year prove the country’s ability to act efficiently in this organization. The Ambassador thanked Belarus for support of the Ukrainian chairmanship.

Speaking about Ukraine’ independence, the diplomat said that “the declaration of independence has become a result of many-century striving of the Ukrainian people towards freedom and establishment of an independent state. We have taken up the road of reforms and the country’s modernization and are determined to continue moving this way.” The diplomat also talked about Ukraine’s recent successes and the country’s powerful industrial potential.

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Development, informational and technical support: BELTA, 2006