In Korosten, small Ukrainian town located in Zhitomir region, there is a unique museum – a military bunker in the granite rock. It is called the “Museum “Object “The Rock”. This bunker was constructed on the basis of existing caves. The bunker has several floors, but only the second floor is open to the public.
The length of underground tunnels is more than 150 meters. The command center has its own water supply and ventilation systems. The complex was constructed in 1930ies. Photos by maxiwell83
Kiev is the capital and largest city of Ukraine standing on the Dnieper River. Because of its historical importance as the center of Kievan Rus’, the city is still referred to as the “Mother of Russian cities.” The length of the city from north to south is 50 km, from west to east – 56 km.
Forests, parks and gardens make up more than half the area of Kiev. Within the city there are two botanical gardens. Kiev is rightly called one of the greenest cities in the world.
Even after many years the events of the Second World War are still interesting. Unlike earlier wars, this war left behind a huge amount of documentary photographs. Realistic color images that more accurately convey the atmosphere of this period are of particular interest.
Here is a series of photographs of Kharkiv occupied by German troops; most of the pictures were made in 1942. Some of the buildings in the photos are destroyed as a result of bombing and shelling. In 1943, a lot of the buildings will be destroyed, when the city once again will be the scene of fierce battles.
Their shapes resemble mysterious statues of humans, animals, creatures from fairy tales, various objects, and depending on the time of day and lighting their shapes are changing.
April 26, 1986, the most devastating accident at the nuclear power plant occurred. As a result, Pripyat, young and thriving Soviet city, was abandoned.
But its life goes on now in other forms – in forms of interesting and unexpected graffiti on the streets of a ghost town. Streets and avenues are almost completely overgrown with trees, the city is gradually destroyed.
At the beginning of spring, in the Bay of Balaclava near Sevastopol, one could observe an unusual phenomenon – the entire water area of the bay was filled with jellyfish. Billions of jellyfish turned the waters of the bay in a solid white jelly.
Boats and yachts were among this mess, and jellyfish thrown out on the waterfront by waves squelched underfoot of strolling people.
While the Russian Empire was coming to its end in the late 19th – early 20th century, the present capital of independent Ukraine was one of the most dynamic cities of the empire. Some of the new technologies were first introduced in Kiev and later extended to other imperial cities.
For example, in 1892, first in the Russian Empire electric tram appeared in Kiev; in 1902, the Kiev funicular was opened – the second funicular in the Russian Empire after the one in Odessa; the first stationary stadium in the empire was opened here in 1912; the same year, construction of Ginzburg skyscraper was completed – it was the tallest building in the Russian Empire.
Khortitsa is the largest island on the Dnieper River, located in the city of Zaporozhye below the DneproGES, unique natural and historical complex.
The island stretches from north-west to south-east, length – 12.5 km, average width – 2.5 km. In 2007, the island was named one of the “Seven Wonders of Ukraine.”
Bukovel is a ski resort in Ivano-Frankivsk region, located near Polyanitsa village at an altitude of 850-1370 meters above sea level. The resort is actively developed; most of the existing buildings, roads, and slopes were built in 2005-2011.
The resort has 16 lifts and decent infrastructure (hotels, multi-storey car parks, restaurants). On five mountains there are about 60 km of slopes (blue, red and black). The resort is open from November to May, though the weather conditions sometimes affect this.