In 1782 The Russian empire expanded in the north and captured an Island off the coast of Estonia that was at the time Swedish. The people who lived there were forced to leave and sent walking to Southern Ukraine. Over time a few German settlers came and made villages next to Zmiivka.
They arrived and created a settlement that has lasted to this day. At the rise of the Soviet Union many of the settlers returned to Sweden then a couple hundred had a change of heart and came back to Zmiivka. The faced a hard life but continued to move forward.
Today the town looks like any other Ukrainian town. The main difference is that the church services are still held in Swedish. The only remaining building from the original settlers is the church they constructed in 1792.