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May 16, an exhibition of flowers “European Ukraine” was opened on the Singing Field in the Pechersk Landscape Park in Kyiv. The exhibition is dedicated to the first countries of the European Union on the occasion of the 65th anniversary of the EU.

Landscape designers tried to convey features and colors of each of the first ten participating countries. The exhibition is open daily from 9:00 to 21:00, until June 14. Photos by: Alexander Shvab.

Flower-show European Ukraine in Kyiv, photo 1

visit the exhibition

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Fairy-tale forest in Baydar Valley in Crimea

Baydar Valley is an intermountain hollow (16 km long and 8 km wide) located in the southwestern part of the Crimean Peninsula.

The valley is located at an altitude of 300-400 meters, surrounded by 600-800 meters mountains. Sometimes, when the fog descends on the valley, it becomes a truly fantastic place. Photos by: Denis Belitsky.

Fairy-tale forest, Baydar Valley, Crimea, photo 1

walk through the mystical forest

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Dnepropetrovsk is a beautiful green city located in the south-eastern part of Ukraine, standing on the banks of the Dnieper River. It is the regional center of Dnepropetrovsk region, the fourth city in terms of population (978,000) after Kiev, Kharkov and Odessa.

This city is one of the largest industrial, economic and transportation centers, metallurgy center and space capital of Ukraine.

The tallest building in Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine, photo 1

the city from the top

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Vudubickiy Monastery in Kyiv

St. Michael’s Vudubickiy Monastery was founded in the second half of the 11th century by Vsevolod, the son of Prince Yaroslav the Wise. The architectural ensemble of the present monastery was built in the 17th-18th centuries.

The monastery is located in the Botanical Garden named after Grishko in Kyiv. It belongs to the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Kyiv Patriarchate.

Vudubickiy Monastery, Kyiv, Ukraine, photo 1

fly over the monastery

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Chernobyl zone 29 years later

April 26, 2015, the 29th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster was marked. After these years, Pripyat, the once flourishing city, disappeared beneath dense thickets, the nuclear station ceased its operation.

Amusement Park. Grand opening was scheduled for Labor Day – May 1. The accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant foiled these plans.

Chernobyl zone 29 years later, Ukraine, photo 1

Chernobyl zone in spring

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National Botanic Garden of Nikolai Grishko is a research institution engaged in the design and creation of new botanical gardens and parks, as well as many other branches of theoretical and applied botany.

This botanical garden is part of the natural reserve fund of Ukraine protected as a national heritage of the state. It is located in Kyiv (Timiryazevskaya Street, 1).

Blooming lilacs in the botanical garden in Kyiv, Ukraine, photo 1

beautiful spring in Kyiv

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St. Panteleimon Monastery in Feofania

St. Panteleimon Monastery in Feofania is a nunnery of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, located in “Feofania” natural park, on the southern outskirts of Kyiv (Academician Lebedev Street, 19).

Feofania is a monument of landscape art of national importance. The park harmoniously combines miraculous masterpieces of untouched nature, landscape design and spiritual greatness of St. Panteleimon Cathedral.

St. Panteleimon Monastery in Feofania Park, Kyiv, Ukraine, photo 1

let’s fly over the monastery

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Viktor Yanukovych was the fourth President of Ukraine (2010-2014). During the political crisis in Ukraine in 2013-2014, he fled to Russia and was removed from power.

Let’s walk through the territory of his former country residence in Mezhyhiria, located to the north of Kyiv, and also look at the interiors. Mezhyhirya Residence on Google Maps. Photos by: Richard Zorge.

The former residence of Yanukovych in Mezhyhiria, Ukraine, photo 1

flashy luxury all over the place

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The New Safe Confinement (also known as the New Shelter, Shelter-2) is an insulating arched structure over the destroyed fourth power unit of Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Pripyat. The construction began in 2007 and is expected to be completed in 2017.

The main reason of the construction is that the existing object “Shelter” is short-lived. Under the influence of radiation and weather, it is gradually degraded. And about 200 tons of radioactive materials are still under the sarcophagus.

The New Shelter, Chernobyl NPP, Pripyat, Ukraine, photo 1

visit the construction site

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Chervonograd is a ghost town located in Ternopil region, near the village of Nyrkiv, in Zalischyky district. Today, the only preserved buildings are the remains of the palace of the 17th century and the Catholic church of the 18th century.

In the early 1940s, the township population was about 500 people. After the Second World War, it was not restored and disappeared from maps.

Chervonograd palace remains, Ternopil region, Ukraine, photo 1

explore the ruins

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