Yelets

Yelets

Yelets or Elets (Russian: Елец) is a city in Lipetsk Oblast, Russia, situated on the Bystraya Sosna River, which is a tributary of the Don. Population: 99,875 (2021 Census);[7] 108,404 (2010 Russian census);[2] 116,726 (2002 Census);[8] 120,261 (1989 Soviet census).[9] Yelets is the oldest center of the Central Black Earth Region. It was mentioned in historical documents as early as 1146 or 1147, when it was a fort belonging to the princes of Ryazan.[10] The town's position at the very south of the Russian lands made it an easy prey for Turkic conquerors. The Mongols burned it in 1239,[10] Uzbeg Khan ravaged it in 1316, Timur sacked it in 1395,[11] and the Tatars devastated it in 1414.[12]