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The Antonov An-225 “Mriya” (meaning “dream” in Ukrainian) is the largest and heaviest aircraft that ever flew in the sky. Maximum take-off weight of the aircraft is 640 tons.

The reason for construction of the An-225 was the need to create an air transport system for the Soviet space shuttle “Buran”. The plane exists in a single copy. Photos by: Slava Stepanov.

An-225 Mriya aircraft, Ukraine, photo 1

impressive aircraft

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In 2014, the reconstruction of History Museum of the Southern Railway located in Kharkiv was completed. The museum received a number of unique exhibits including such rarities as the locomotive “Felix Dzerzhinsky”.

The museum consists of three halls: Green Hall (the pre-revolutionary period), Red Hall (the Soviet period) and Blue Hall (the period of independent Ukraine). It is located in the former Kharkiv-Freight station, near the main railway station. Hours: 9:00 to 18:00, except Mondays and Tuesdays. The entrance is free.

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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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Dec/14

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The Railway Museum in Kyiv

The railway museum was opened at the Kyiv railway station in 2011. It presents an exhibition of historic locomotives and wagons.

The museum highlights different stages in the development of rail transport in Ukraine: pre-revolutionary, Soviet, and modern. The exhibition features locomotives, passenger and freight cars, and some other railway exhibits. Photos by maxiwell83

The Railway Museum in Kyiv, Ukraine, photo 1

go on a tour of the museum

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Despite numerous political events in recent months, the work on the construction of project “New Safe Confinement” at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in abandoned Pripyat city continues. This project is also known as “The Arch”.

March 31, 2014, the process of moving of the eastern part of “New Safe Confinement” began. The weight of this arched structure is 12600 tons. Photos by Chernobyl NPP

Construction of "New Safe Confinement" for Chernobyl NPP, Ukraine, photo 1

unique structure

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“Ordzhonikidze GOK” (mining and processing plant) located in Dnepropetrovsk region is Ukraine’s largest producer of manganese ore developed only open way. The plant produces about 70% of manganese ore in the country.

After the collapse of the Soviet Union, a lot of quarries were closed and abandoned. That’s why, nowadays, we can see the following picturesque post-apocalyptic scenery.

Post-apocalyptic mining machinery, Ukraine photo 1

post-apocalyptic world

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The State Aviation Museum of Ukraine (Zhulyany) was opened in 2003. Today, this museum located in Kiev is the largest history and technology museum in the country. The exposure of the museum has nearly 70 planes and helicopters.

Of additional interest is the fact that the museum is located very close to the airport “Kiev” (Zhulyany), the runway lies only about 100 meters away behind a transparent wall. Photos by Valentin Rukomoynikov

Reconnaissance plane Anatra-Anasal (1917-1918)

The state aviation museum, Kiev, Ukraine photo 1

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Sarcophagus built over the fourth power unit of Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Pripyat deteriorates. The danger if it collapses is largely determined by how much radioactive material is inside it.

According to official data, the figure is 95% of what it was at the time of the accident. If it is correct, then the destruction of sarcophagus can lead to very high radioactive emissions. Photos: AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky

Chernobyl nuclear power station new sarcophagus, Ukraine photo 1

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Jul/11

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Abandoned nuclear power plant in Crimea

The construction of Crimean nuclear power plant began in 1975. The plan was to build the station providing the electricity for the entire Crimea. In 1984, it was proclaimed the All-Union Komsomol construction project.

Abandoned Crimean nuclear power plant view 1

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Jun/11

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State museum of aviation of Ukraine

State museum of aviation is Ukraine’s largest technical museum. The museum is located in Kiev, near Zhulyany airport. It was opened to visitors September 30, 2003 on the eve of the 100th anniversary of world aviation and 80 years of aviation of Ukraine. The collection includes various helicopters, fighter planes, airliners.

Opening hours: Wednesday – Sunday, April 1 – October 30: 10.00-19.00; November 1 to March 31: 10.00-17.00. Address: Kiev, Medovaya Street, 1.
The following video offers a brief tour of the museum in HD quality.

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