The largest mining and metallurgical company Metinvest has become a strategic partner of the national project for the transformation of the island of Khortitsa. On April 23, 2021, a memorandum was signed between the Ministry of Culture and Information Policy of Ukraine, the Zaporozhye Regional State Administration and the Zaporizhstal plant of Metinvest Group at the Zaporizhzhya Sich historical and cultural complex. The memorandum confirmed the consolidation of efforts of the state and business for the comprehensive restoration of Khortitsa. Metinvest fully financed the development of the concept for the reconstruction of the Museum of the History of the Zaporozhye Cossacks and the Mound of Unity on the island.
The first step towards a large-scale revival of the pearl of Zaporozhye will be the reconstruction of the Museum of the History of the Zaporozhye Cossacks and the Mound of Unity on the island, which is planned to be completed by the 30th anniversary of Ukraine's independence. The Museum of the History of the Zaporizhzhya Cossacks was included in the list of 150 tourist "magnets" that are planned to be reconstructed in the course of the implementation of the initiative of the President of Ukraine "Big restoration".
Minister of Culture and Information Policy of Ukraine Oleksandr Tkachenko stressed:
- Today we are starting a big work to revive the island of Khortytsya. The project is being implemented under the personal supervision of the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy. Any transformation on the island is possible only with the preservation of the cultural and scientific heritage. It is important that an investor joins us to implement this global project, the international company Metinvest, which has successful experience in implementing projects on a national scale and is ready to become a conduit for the transformation of Khortitsa. This is a partner that inspires confidence. Our common task is to do everything efficiently, transparently, in dialogue with the public.
Alexander Starukh, Chairman of the Zaporozhye Regional State Administration:
- I have no doubt that this project will become an example of a successful public-private partnership. I am sure that the synergy of the work of the authorities, big business, and the involvement of the public will give a result that we will be proud of. But I think that the key concept here is the responsibility of each of us. That is why we initiated the holding of the discussion platform "Khortytsya: Outstanding History - Great Future" in Zaporozhye. It is very important for us to hear all opinions, understand them and take them into account.
The project for the reconstruction of the Khortitsa National Reserve is a complete renovation of the island with the most careful reconstruction of infrastructure, while preserving the natural balance and biocenosis of the reserve. The key task of the project is to restore and reconstruct existing objects, completely excluding new buildings.
Alexander Mironenko, General Director of Metinvest Zaporizhstal:
- Construction of the main tourist magnet of Khortitsa - the historical and cultural complex "Zaporizhzhya Sich" - was once financed and built by "Zaporizhstal". The new reconstruction project is a new stage in cooperation between business and the state. We feel a special connection with the main destination of Zaporozhye and strive to make it even more majestic, attractive and comfortable for millions of Ukrainians and city guests.
Recall that in 2007 Zaporizhstal fully financed the creation of the historical and cultural complex "Zaporizhzhya Sich" on the island. Khortytsya, which recreates the image of the Cossack capital and the atmosphere of the times of the Cossacks and is a single collective image of all the Sichs that existed in the old days. Here are collected the most interesting elements of architecture, culture, life and life of the Zaporozhye Cossacks. At the same time, Metinvest's Zaporizhstal also financed the creation of a military cannon, expositions "Cossack Camp", "Cossack Times - Zaporozhye Sichs", reconstruction of museum studios of the reserve and underwater archaeological expeditions to raise artifacts from the bottom of the Dnieper River for the museum.
In 2021, Metinvest Group celebrates the 15th anniversary of its foundation. Metinvest is an international vertically integrated mining and metallurgical group of companies. Its structure includes mining and metallurgical enterprises in Ukraine, Europe and the USA, as well as a sales network in all key regions of the world. The company controls the entire production chain - from the extraction of ore and coal to the production of semi-finished products and finished products.