Vinnytsia is a major city in Ukraine and the administrative, economic, and cultural center of the Vinnytsia Oblast. It is located 200 km (125 miles) southwest of the Ukrainian capital Kyiv.
Historians argue about the origin of its name. The known versions are as follows:
- the settlement is located near the Vinnichka River;
- there were distilleries that brewed wines from olden times.
The city formed on the banks of the Southern Bug — a large river flowing in the southwest part of the country. From the satellite map, its two unequal parts are distinguishable — the Right-bank part, where Vinnytsia originated, and the Left-bank part. The river banks are connected by three automobile bridges. Besides the Southern Bug, there are other rivers flowing through Vinnytsia. The lakes are also visible.
The urban area is vast — about 120 square kilometers. The blocks are sparsely built up due to water bodies located within the city limits. The administrative map shows 3 city districts. The historical center is located in the right-bank Zamostyanskyi District.