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Dmytro Vyshnevetsky

The day of birth og Dmytro Vyshnevetsky is unknown. He died on October, 29, 1563, in Istanbul. The first Cossack otaman in the history of Ukraine, a founding member of the Cossack nobility, and a landowner in southern Volhynia. In the 1550s he was starosta of Cherkasy and Kaniv. He built a fort (about 1552) on the island of Mala Khortytsia, in the Dnieper River. He recruited Cossacks for war against the Tatars, which he waged with the help of Lithuania and Muscovy. In 1563, during a military campaign in Moldova, he was defeated, taken prisoner by the Turks, and executed. Vyshnevetsky is the hero of the folk song about Baida.


 
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