Other variations include Chotyn, or Choczim especially in Polish. Further information: Moldavian Magnate Wars At the end of the 16th century and the beginning of the 17th century, the magnates of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth intervened in the affairs of Moldavia , which was—and had been since its conquest by Mehmed II in the 15th century—a vassal state of the Ottoman Empire. Additionally, the Ottomans were aggravated by the constant raids by Cossacks , then nominally subjects of the Commonwealth, across the border into Ottoman territories. The route of the Ottoman army towards Khotyn Hotin which they reached on 2 September The Commonwealth was relatively uninvolved in this war but the Polish King Sigismund III Vasa sent an elite and ruthless mercenary unit, the Lisowczycy , to aid his Habsburg allies in Vienna, since his brother-in-law was the Emperor. The sultan agreed.
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The town was an important trading center due to its location by a river crossing. A Genoese trading colony was established there by the 13th century. The first fortifications date back from this period. In , the Grand Duchy of Lithuania conquered the area, only to give it three years later to the Vlachs, who formed their own independent principality in , Moldavia. The present-day fortress was constructed after by the Moldavian ruler Alexander the Good , with the help of Vytautas the Great of Lithuania.
The fortress, strengthened by Stephen, during the 15th century, became the strongest on the northern border of the medieval Moldavia. Conquest by different states[ edit ] The Khotyn Fortress, located on the shores of the Dniester River. The Ottoman Empire finally seized the fortress from Moldavia in during the Great Northern War and held it during the following century as a base for its troops.
Another power, Russian Empire , came to claim the region in the 18th century. The Turks amplified and enlarged the citadel, which was besieged and taken by the Russians on four occasions: in by Burkhard Christoph von Munnich , in by Prince Alexander Galitzine , in by Prince Josias of Coburg , and Ivan Saltykov, in by Ivan Ivanovich Michelson.
With the signing of the Bucharest Peace Treaty in , the entire region that became known as Bessarabia was annexed by the Russian Empire from Moldavia. During the 19th century, due to economic reasons and the geographic proximity of Kamianets-Podilskyi an important political center during the late Middle Ages and the early modern times , the Ukrainian population of Bessarabia especially in its north increased significantly, from around 15, in to around , in of which over half in the northern half of the Hotin county alone , mostly by migration from Podolia just across the river Dniester.
During World War I , the north-eastern corner of the Hotin county was the only area of Bessarabia occupied temporarily by Austria—Hungary. Modern history: 20thst centuries[ edit ] A street in Khotyn Khotyn theatre With the collapse of the Russian Empire, Bessarabia proclaimed independence from Russia in , then union with Romania in April Romania and Austria signed a Peace treaty in May , and the Austrians withdrew. The treaty was not formally ratified by Romania, a former Entente ally which found itself in isolation, until on November 10 Romania re-entered the war.
The Austrians were in control of Khotin and several villages around for several months starting February 28, Shortly after that, in January , local Ukrainians desiring to be part of Ukraine, started a revolt,    which was also exploited by some Soviet agitators, followed by the ethnic cleansing of Ukrainian civilians by Romanian authorities, on January 23—February 1, After the Khotin Uprising was put down by the Romanian Army , Romania implemented nationalist policies aimed at re-Romanizing the territory.
After Operation Barbarossa , where Romania acted as a Germany ally, the area was retaken by Romania in early July In March , with the defeat of the Axis forces , the town was retaken by the Soviets, and reattached to the Soviet Ukraine.
Bitwa pod Chocimiem (1673)
Battle of Khotyn (1621)
Bitwa pod Chocimiem (1621)