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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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Feb/12

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The boat trip to bays of Sevastopol

Boat trips attract a lot of tourists in Sevastopol. During the trip you will enjoy the sea air and learn interesting things about the history of Sevastopol and the fleet.

You will see main monuments of the city (such as the monument to the Sunk Ships, Sailor and Soldier monument, St. Vladimir Cathedral in Chersonese), warships and auxiliary ships of Russian Black Sea Fleet and Ukrainian Navy.

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Feb/12

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Lviv Chocolate Factory

The chocolate factory located in the historic center of Lviv (Serbskaya Str., 3) is one of the attractions of the city. Through the glass walls you can see how the chocolate is transformed into candies, different figures, figurines, etc.

The candies have very interesting and fancy names: “Cherry Agrafka”, “Gratulyatsiya”, “Frau Zimmer Black”, “Walnut Bandzoh”, “Sweet Patsorki”, “Strawberry Tsemka”. The chocolate shop offers 39 varieties of candies. You can buy them individually and in sets. On the walls you can see large pictures of all the candies with a detailed description of the chocolate and fillings.

Lviv Chocolate Factory, Ukraine view 1

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The January weather in the Crimea and, in particular, in Sevastopol is pretty cold (about minus 10-15 degrees Celsius). The beach is empty and covered in ice.

Sometimes the beach is looking like the remains of the lair of aliens from the famous movie with all this slime and other strange objects. The photos were taken by aquatek-filips who miraculously escaped before the aliens came back :)

Frozen beach - the lair of aliens, Sevastopol, Ukraine view 1

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Jan/12

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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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The beach located close to Sevastopol between the Blue Bay and the Beacon (Chersonese Cape) is known for unusual stone panels. You can see various figures of animals carved on massive stone slab.

The authors are guys from Sevastopol living in another city now, but every summer they return to the place and continue their work for a month or two. Photos by aquatek-filips.

Drawings on the rocks near Sevastopol, Ukraine view 1

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The year of 2012 will be particularly important for Ukraine’s national football team because Ukraine together with Poland will be the hosts of the European Football Championship – Euro 2012. The matches in Ukraine will be played on the stadiums of Lviv, Kiev, Kharkov and Donetsk.

According to the draw the Ukrainian team will compete with teams from England, France and Sweden.

So far Ukrainian team had the greatest success in 2006, when Ukrainians made their way to the World Cup, and reached the quarterfinals stage. Good luck to the Ukrainian team at Euro 2012!

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Jan/12

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The streets of Kiev in the New Year’s Eve

During the five-hour New Year’s marathon the main square of Kiev (Maidan Nezalezhnosty) was attended by about 200,000 people.

The following photos were taken in the last minutes before the New Year as you might guess looking at empty streets of Ukrainian capital. Photos by Oleg Stelmakh.

New Year's Eve, Kiev street view 1

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