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July 10, 2019, 22 years after the organization of the Chernobyl Shelter Fund, the New Safe Confinement (the NSC) was finally put into operation in Pripyat.

The main arch-shaped structure has the following parameters: height – 109 m, length – more than 160 m, span-width – 257 m, weight – more than 31 thousand tons. This is the largest movable land structure in history. Photos by: Anton Usov.

New Sarcophagus for the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, Pripyat, Ukraine, photo 1

impressive €1.5 bn structure

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Jul/19

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Fly over Svirzh Castle

Svirzh Castle, located in the village of Svirzh in Lviv Oblast, about 44 km south-east of Lviv, is a unique monument of defense architecture of the 15th-17th centuries.

Built as a fortress, after the reconstruction of the 17th century, it lost its original appearance and turned into a picturesque fortified aristocratic residence. Svirzh Castle on Google Maps.

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Kamianka-Buzka is a small town with a population of about 11 thousand people located in Lviv Oblast, about 41 km north-east of Lviv.

The main architectural dominant of the town is the majestic neo-Gothic Catholic Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary built in the early 20th century, an architectural monument of local importance. Few provincial towns of Ukraine have such a spectacular building. Kamianka-Buzka on Google Maps. Photos by: Maxim Ritus.

Neo-Gothic Catholic Church in Kamianka-Buzka, Ukraine, photo 1

magnificent Catholic church

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May 25, 2019, in Kyiv, a new pedestrian-bicycle bridge connecting the People’s Friendship Arch and Saint Volodymyr Hill was officially opened.

The bridge offers impressive views of the center of the Ukrainian capital and the Dnieper River. The length of this bridge made of concrete, iron and glass is 212 meters, the width ranges from 6 meters in regular zones to 14 meters in observation zones. Photos by Aleksandr Goncharov for Apostrophe.

New Pedestrian and Bicycle Bridge in Kyiv, Ukraine, photo 1

new sight of Kyiv

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May/19

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Blooming Spring in Uzhhorod

Uzhhorod is a city with a population of about 113 thousand people standing on the banks of the Uzh River at the foot of the Carpathian Mountains. Located about 813 km south-west of Kyiv, on the border with Slovakia, it is the administrative center of the Zakarpattia region.

The smallest regional center of Ukraine, Uzhhorod has a rich and long history, significant architectural heritage. The city looks especially colorful in late April – early May, when sakura, magnolia, tulips, and lilac are flowering. Photos by: uzh_city.

Blooming Spring in Uzhhorod, Ukraine, photo 1

colors of spring in Uzhhorod

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Vorokhta is an urban-type settlement and resort with a population of about 4,200 people located at an altitude of 850 meters above sea level in the Ivano-Frankivsk region, about 89 km south of Ivano-Frankivsk. Almost from all sides Vorokhta is surrounded by mountains and forests. This is a training center for Ukrainian athletes in ski jumping, biathlon, ski racing.

The main architectural landmark of Vorokhta is the wooden church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin – one of the best examples of Hutsul folk architecture built according to traditional technologies without a single nail in neighboring Yablunytsya in 1654-1657. Vorokhta on Google Maps. Photos by: Maxim Ritus.

Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin in Vorokhta, Ukraine, photo 1

beautiful wooden church

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Apr/19

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Wooden Church of St. Basil in Cherche

Another attraction of Cherche, a small village located in the Ivano-Frankivsk region, about 65 km north of Ivano-Frankivsk, in addition to the “old” Church of St. Basil the Great is the “new” Church of St. Basil the Great built of spruce in a new place closer to the center of the village in 1897.

Today, the church belongs to the local community of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church. Next to this wooden church there is also a new stone church. Cherche on Google Maps. Photos by: Maxim Ritus.

Wooden Church of St. Basil the Great in Cherche, Ukraine, photo 1

picturesque church

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Pidhaichyky is a village with a population of about 900 people located in the Terebovlia district of the Ternopil region, 40 km northwest of Ternopil. In 1810, a Roman Catholic neo-Gothic church of hewn stone was built almost in the center of the village.

In 1910, the church was transferred to the local Orthodox community and became the Church of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross. In 1947, the church was closed. In 1988, it was reopened and consecrated by the name of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Pidhaichyky on Google Maps. Photos by: Maxim Ritus.

Neo-Gothic Orthodox Church in Pidhaichyky, Ukraine, photo 1

unusual Orthodox church

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Cherche is a village with a population of about 1,100 people located in the Ivano-Frankivsk region, about 65 km north of Ivano-Frankivsk. The main attraction of the village is the wooden Church of St. Basil the Great, an architectural monument of national importance.

This church, one of the most beautiful churches in the Ivano-Frankivsk region, was founded at least in the 16th century. It was moved several times from one place to another. At the current location, near the cemetery, the building was placed in 1733. Cherche on Google Maps. Photos by: Maxim Ritus.

Church of St. Basil the Great in Cherche, Ukraine, photo 1

scenic wooden church

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Mar/19

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Attractions of Sloboda Ukraine

Sloboda Ukraine (Slobozhanshchyna) is a historical region located in the northeast of present Ukraine and the southwest of the Central Chernozem economic region of Russia. In the 16th-18th centuries, it was a border region, which was actively settled with the support of the Russian government to protect the state from the raids of the Crimean Tatars.

The settlers took over the guard service and military protection of the frontier, their settlements called “sloboda” enjoyed more freedoms. Today, the term “Slobozhanshchyna” is actively used as an informal collective name of the Kharkiv, Sumy regions of Ukraine and the Belgorod region of Russia.

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