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. Sumy was founded in 1652 as a fortress against the Crimean Tatars. It became an important trading center due to its strategic location on the main route between Moscow and Kiev, and later developed into a major industrial city. In 1711 Sumy was granted town status with full rights for self-administration. The city of Sumy is located about 240 km (150 mi) north of Kyiv, at 48°47′N 36°44′E / 48.783°N 36.