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250-day defense of Sevastopol in 1941-1942 became one of the most heroic pages in the history of the Second World War. Defenders of the Black Sea Fleet’s main base delayed the plans of the German command to capture the Caucasus, seriously affecting the course of the war.

The 30th and 35th coastal artillery batteries played significant role in the defense of Sevastopol. They became the basis of artillery power of the city’s defenders. The 30th Battery was fighting to June 27, 1942.

The 30th coastal artillery battery in Sevastopol, Crimea, Ukraine view 1

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Apr/12

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The time-lapse video of Sumy

Sumy is a city and administrative center of Sumy oblast located in the northeastern Ukraine, standing on the Psyol River.

The city received its name after the rivers Suma and Sumka which washed the city from 2 sides. There is a legend that hunters’ bags (“suma” in Russian) were found in the area. This fact is reflected in the city coat-of-arms adopted in 1781.

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A lot of the houses of Odessa have not only external facade charm, but also unique inner worlds. After one step inside you find yourself in completely different worlds inaccessible to most eyes – the worlds of front doors, stairs, and staircases.

They really do not look like each other. They are not always clean and pleasant smelling, they are not always easily accessible, but they are always fraught with mystery opening the hidden pages of Odessa life. Photos by Anton Polyakov.

The staircases of Odessa houses, Ukraine view 1

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Mar/12

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The power and beauty of Donetsk

Donetsk is one of the largest city of Ukraine, important railway and highway junction, industrial center of the country. The city will host several matches of coming Euro 2012.

Within Donetsk there are 22 operating coal mines which waste heaps are located close to inhabited districts. In central part of the city there is a large metallurgic plant.

Heavy air pollution in Donetsk is partly compensated by a lot of greenery and flowers. Over a half of the total city territory is occupied by greenery.

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Mar/12

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One day in the life of miniature Kiev

Kiev (also spelled Kyiv), the capital of Ukraine, is advantageously situated in the heart of Europe.

The city is located along the Dnepr River just below its confluence with the Desna River and 591 miles (952 km) from its mouth in the Black Sea. Kiev has a wealth of greenery. The city will host the final match of Euro 2012.

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Mar/12

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Early spring in Yalta

Yalta was founded by the Greeks approximately in the 1st century. The legend says that Greek sailors lost their way because of a storm, they searched the shore for a long time and when finally they saw the shore (“yalos”) they decided to call the founded settlement this way.

Yalta started developing as a health resort in the 1860s. By early 20th century a lot of representatives of Russian elite, including members of the emperor’s family and monarchs themselves had dachas and palaces in Yalta and Yaltinsky region.

Early spring in Yalta, Ukraine view 1

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Sergey Brandt is Ukrainian artist painting in watercolor and oil techniques. He was born in Zhitomir in 1963. Sergey Brandt graduated from National Assembly of fine art and architecture in 1990 and started painting professionally in 1991.

His works can be found in deferent cities all over the world. Exhibitions: Wroclaw (Poland), Prague (Czech Republic), Kiev (Ukraine). More information about the paintings on the site of the author.

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Feb/12

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Abandoned Pripyat covered in snow

Pripyat was home for people working at one of the largest in Europe nuclear power plants – Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant. The city was built close to Kiev, the capital of Ukraine. The distance is about 100 km.

The population of the city was about 49,400 before the disaster (April 26, 1986). After the disaster Pripyat was abandoned, all the residents were evacuated. Today it attracts tourists and scientists from all over the world.

Let’s see how Pripyat looks today in freezing weather and covered in snow. Photos by Sergei Nagorny.

Snow-covered Pripyat, Ukraine view 1

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Jan/12

27

The sightseeings of Lviv city

The following video shows a lot of sights of Lviv that we have already described on the page of the city.

You can see such attractions of Lviv as the Opera House, the Black Kamenitsa, Dominican church, monument to printing pioneer Ivan Fedorov and second-hand books market located nearby, Glinyanskiye Gate, King Danilo monument, Ivan Franko university, High Castle observation point.

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Jan/12

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Kiev electric cable railway

The construction of the “electric cable railway” connecting Mikhailovskaya Mountain and Borichev Tok in Kiev began in 1903 and ended in the spring of 1905. According to the initial project the length of the railway was 250 meters, but because it was impossible to take down one lower private house the construction was limited to 200 meters.

The equipment of the cable cars was made in Switzerland, which had extensive experience in building cable cars. Both cars had a capacity of 70 passengers and moved up and down at a speed of two meters per second. May 8, 1905 the railway was opened and the carriage of passengers started.

Kiev electric cable railway view 1

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