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Mar/13

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Abnormally heavy snowfall in Kiev

In recent days, Kiev has experienced abnormal snowfall; tens of millions of tons of snow has fallen on the streets of the city. In this regard, a state of emergency is declared in Kiev. Military equipment is involved in the process of clearing the streets. March 25 is declared a day off.

More than 22,000 people and 5,000 pieces of equipment are involved in the liquidation of consequences of snowfall; thousands of people have been caught in snowdrift.

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Kiev-Pechersk Lavra is one of the first monasteries founded in Kievan Rus. The monastery was founded in 1051. Today, it is the center of Orthodoxy, one of the most important monasteries of the Christian world.

The lavra is located in the center of Kiev, on the right, the high bank of the Dnieper, and occupies two hills separated by deep ravines, leading down to the Dnieper. Kiev-Pechersk Lavra location on Google Maps. Photos by zubr14

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Mar/13

11

The ruins of medieval Nevitsky castle

Nevitsky castle is a castle located near the village of Kamenica, Zakarpattia region, which is 12 km north-east of the regional center of Uzhgorod. The castle was built in the 13th century on the top of a hill above the valley of the river Uzh on the site of an earlier wooden fort.

In 1241, it was destroyed by the Mongol-Tatar hordes, but in the second half of the 13th century the castle was rebuilt. With the development of firearms, it was reconstructed several times and acquired its final shape in the early 16th century.

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Swallow’s Nest (Lastochkino Gnezdo) is a unique architectural monument. This is one of the symbols of the Crimea and Ukraine. The building was designed by the famous architect A.V. Sherwood. Inaccessibility and romance are combined in this building.

It is a place with a beautiful view of the rock Parus, Yalta city, the Yalta bay, Ayu-Dag (Bear Mountain). It is a place where romance and extreme can be found at the same time. Currently, Swallow’s Nest is one of the best restaurants in the Crimea.

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Mar/13

1

Sunset and sunrise in Crimea

Today is the first day of spring and to celebrate this, here is a set of beautiful photographs of stunning sunsets and sunrises. The pictures were taken in Crimea by Sergey Anashkevitch.

You can use them as nice wallpapers, click the image to get 1920×1280 version of it.

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Traveling from Dnepropetrovsk to Zaporozhye, it is hard not to pay attention to a complex of abandoned buildings and the old L-29 aircraft, placed at the control-point.

It is a flight training center named after Soviet pilot Alexander Pokryshkin. In Soviet times, it was a strong school, which trained combat pilots for three aviation regiments based in Zaporozhye. However, for more than ten years the place is deserted. Photos by sicheslavets

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To the south-east of Svyatogorsk Lavra located in Donetsk oblast, there is amazing in its beauty wooden monastery of All Saints, which attracts the attention of pilgrims and tourists.

Perhaps it is the most unusual building in Svyatogorye. The monastery is very beautiful and even unexpected for these places. Its churches were built by local carpenters from massive pine logs and decorated with carvings in the ancient traditions of Russian wooden architecture of the 16th-17th centuries.

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Jan/13

28

The capital of Ukraine after snowfall

Kiev city is located in the northern part of Ukraine, not far from its center. The climate is temperate continental with mild winters and warm summers. Usually the coldest days in Kiev are in January 18-25. The average temperature in January is minus 3,5° C.

Over the past 120 years, the average annual temperature in Kiev increased by about 1,5° C. The greatest increase in temperature is observed in December – March. In December 2012, the city experienced heavy snowfalls. Photos by Oleg Stelmakh

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Jan/13

25

Bila Tserkva – the toy city

Bila Tserkva is a city located in Kiev oblast of Ukraine, about 80 km from the capital of the country. Bila Tserkva was founded in 1032 by Yaroslav the Wise. The name of the city means “White Church” which may refer to the (no longer extant) white-painted cathedral of medieval town.

The photos were processed in “tilt-shift” style, which blurs the line between reality and the toy world. Photos by Roman Naumov

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Jan/13

21

Lviv from the height of 18 meters

Lviv was founded in the mid 13th century. In the Middle Ages, Lviv was an important trading center. During Austrian rule the town became a center of Ukrainian and Polish national liberation movements.

Before the Second World War the city belonged to Poland. In 1939, Lviv became the part of the Ukrainian SSR as a result of agreement between the Soviet Union and Germany (the Molotov – Ribbentrop Pact).

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