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a city (since 1924) under oblast jurisdiction and the administrative center of Shostka Raion, Sumy Oblast, Ukrainian SSR. Situated on the Shostka River, a tributary of the Desna. Railroad station on a branch line of the Khutor-Mikhailovskii-Konotop line. Population, 64,000 (1977).
The Svema Production Association, which makes motion-picture film and recording tape, is located in Shostka. The city also has a furniture factory and plants for the production of chemical reagents and reinforced concrete structures. The food-processing industry is represented by a meat-packing plant, a butter factory, and a brewery. Shostka has a chemical engineering technicum, a museum of local lore, and a museum of military glory.