The Odessa Oblast, or region, is situated along the Ukrainian seacoast on the crossroads of the international Dunaj waterways. The Dunaj-Main-Reihn channel was completed in 1992 and provides ships coming from Europe with a quick exit into the Black Sea. From there ships can make their way to the Middle Asia, Middle East and Transcaucasia. Odessa's coastline has a total of eight ports, ...
Balta is a relatively small city in comparison to most that are based in the province of the Odessa Oblast, which lies in the south-west of Ukraine. Presently it acts as the administrative center for the district of the Baltsky Raion located about 200 kilometers from the capital of Odessa with a population of over 20,000 people.