Sumy Oblast is the north-eastern region of Ukraine. It borders on Russia (Bryansk, Kursk and Belgorod oblasts) and such Ukrainian regions as Kharkiv, Poltava and Chernihiv. The region is located in left-bank Ukraine. The area is 23 834 sq.km while the population is 1, 2 mln people. The administrative center is the city Sumy; other large cities are Gluhov, Romny, Shostka, Konotop, etc. The oblast is divided into 18 districts and 15 towns.
In X century the territory of modern Sumy Oblast was a part of Kievan Rus. In those days began the history of such glorious cities as Romny, Gluhov and Putivl. A world famous old Russian novel «A Lay of Igor's Wayfare» is connected with Putivl.
The climate is moderately continental. Winter season is mild with frequent thaws while summer is warm and not hot. The largest rivers are the Desna, the Seim, the Psel and the Vorskla. There are also a lot of lakes and bogs in river-valleys which are very picturesque.
Sumy Oblast is the motherhood of many talented people who enriched the culture of the region. There are a lot of places of interest which must be useful for those who are planning to travel to Ukraine. On the north of Sumy Oblast along Russian border is the newest Ukrainian national park where you can observe beautiful landscapes. Many tourists like to visit picturesque banks of numerous rivers with healing mineral springs where every place has a long history. If you have travelled to Ukraine but haven't visited such cities as Romny, Gluhov or Putivl you should come back and see these important historical places. Among other attractions are Mikhailov church in village Voronezh, Cathedral of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin in village Gamaleevka which is a part of a monastery where hetman Skoropadsky is buried, Pokrovsky Cathedral and many others. In city Putivl the fortress with the same name is situated, according to annals Yaroslavna was waiting for her husband Prince Igor there.
Be sure you will enjoy your trip to this culturally and historically rich region the description of which you've read in poems.