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Jan/13

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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).

Lviv from the height of 18 meters, Ukraine photo 1

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Jan/13

12

Beautiful views of the winter Yalta

Yalta is definitely the most famous resort city in the former Soviet Union countries. The city is located on approximately the same geographical latitude with renowned Italian ports and resorts of Ravenna and Genoa.

The sun is shining here about 2250 hours a year – about the same as in Nice, Cannes, San Remo and other Mediterranean resorts.

Winter Yalta, Crimea, Ukraine photo 1

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Dec/12

26

Happy New Year 2013 from Chernihiv

The other day the main Christmas tree of Chernihiv was unveiled in the central square of the city. The main event of the show was a carnival procession of Santas, Snow Maidens and fairytale characters through the city center.

Here is a glimpse of Chernihiv at this time of the year.

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Kamenets Podolskiy is one of the oldest cities in Ukraine. Because of unique combination of historical, architectural, and urban heritage, the “Old Town” is declared a state historical-architectural reserve.

The greatest value of the city is almost completely preserved historic center without inclusions of the 20th century architecture. Kamenets Podolskiy main attraction is its ancient fortress. The first buildings belong to the 11th-12th centuries, and the main building – the 16th-17th centuries. The fortress is considered a fine example of the best fortifications of Eastern Europe.

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Odessa, a wonderful city standing on the Black Sea coast, is often called the “Pearl of the South”. Odessa has special architectural style and ambiance.

Fortunately, most of the marvelous buildings that went up in Odessa during the 18th and 19th centuries were only partially damaged during the Second World War. That means Odessa retains the charm of yesteryear.

Odessa residents are known to be hospitable, warmhearted, independent, proud – and to possess a sophisticated sense of humor. Odessa city holds festivals of humor and satire every year on April 1.

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Chernivtsi is a city in south-western Ukraine, 40 km north of the border with Romania, the administrative center of Chernivtsi region. The city is the historic center of Bukovina and, along with Lviv is the cultural center of western Ukraine.

Over the centuries, Chernivtsi formed as a city with a unique multi-style architecture and rich cultural heritage. It is one of the few cities in Ukraine, which is rightly considered the jewel of architecture. Photos by horoshiyblog

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Uzhgorod is the capital city of Zakarpattia region located in the western Ukraine. It is one of the most ancient cities in the country founded before the 9th century AC.

In 1945, the region became the part of Ukrainian SSR and the USSR. Since 1991, Uzhgorod is the least populated and western regional center among 24 of those in Ukraine.

There are a lot of architectural monuments in the city. In 1930s Czech architects created an architectural ensemble of Uzhgorod center in the form close to constructionism.

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Nov/12

9

Krivoy Rog – the longest city in Europe

Krivoy Rog (Ukrainian spelling Kryvyi Rih) is a city situated in Dnepropetrovsk oblast. It is the longest city in Europe (the distance between Terni district and Ingulec district is about 75 kilometers). The population of the city is about 660 thousand.

Krivoy Rog is a large industrial center, a center of Krivorozhsky iron ore basin (Krivbass). Total proven iron ore reserves in Krivbass are more than 32 billion tons.

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Chernihiv is an ancient Slavic city. In the 9th century the settlement was the center of Eastern-Slavic tribe of the Northerners. At the end of the 9th century, Chernihiv joined the Kievan Rus state.

Present day Chernihiv, with the population about 300.000, is an important industrial center of Ukraine. The city has a number of sights mostly related to its past – churches of the 11th-13th centuries, architectural monuments of the 17th-20th centuries.

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Sevastopol, located on the Black Sea coast of the Crimean peninsula, is a city of national importance of Ukraine, Hero City.

Founded by the order of the Russian Empress Catherine II in 1783, the city is one of the primary administrative units of present Ukraine (along with the 24 provinces, Autonomous Republic of Crimea, and the state capital – Kiev).

The city is a major seaport, industrial, scientific, recreational, cultural, and historical center of Ukraine. Naval bases of the Russian Black Sea Fleet and the Ukrainian Navy are located there.

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