Vasylkiv (Ukrainian: Василькiв, translit. Vasyl’kiv; also spelled Vasilkov) is a city located on the Stuhna River in Kiev Oblast (province) in central Ukraine. Administratively, it is incorporated as a town of oblast significance. It also serves as the administrative center of Vasylkivskyi Raion (district) though it does not belong to the raion. A settlement with an over 1000 years history, it was incorporated as a city in 1796. The city hosts the Vasylkiv air base since the Cold War.
Vasilkov in The Hot War
After Kiev was destroyed with an atomic bomb on March 4, 1951, Vasilkov took over that city's administrative functions. In June 1951, Ihor Shevchenko was taken by the MGB to a Red Army recruiting station in Vasilkov, where he was informed that he'd be kitted out and sent to the fighting in Europe the following day.
- Bombs Away, pg. 422, ebook.