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Fireworks on Independence Day in Kiev

August 24, Ukraine celebrated its Independence Day. 21 years ago, the Supreme Council of the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic adopted the Act of Independence of Ukraine, which is considered to be the date of formation of the Ukrainian state in its present form.

This day many Ukrainian cities have different celebrations including fireworks. The main firework is held on Independence Square in Kiev.


Andrew’s Descent in Kiev is one of the oldest ways connecting the Upper Town, its central part, with the trade area Podil.

Today Andrew’s Descent is a street-museum. This is one of the major tourist attractions in the Ukrainian capital. Many famous figures of science and culture: scholars, writers, composers, painters, sculptors lived and worked here.

Andrew's Descent, Kiev, Ukraine view 1



In late May, after three and a half years of construction, new terminal “D” of Ukraine’s main airport located in Boryspil was opened.

At the moment, this terminal is the largest in Ukraine. The total area is 107 thousand square meters, and now it can serve up to 15 million passengers a year, or three thousand passengers per hour. Photos by Press Service of the Ministry of Infrastructure of Ukraine.

New terminal D, Borispol airport, Ukraine view 1


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Good luck to all Euro 2012 participants!

The European Football Championship 2012 begins today. The championship is hosted by two countries: Poland and Ukraine. The opening ceremony will be held in Warsaw (Poland).

Tomorrow the first Ukrainian matches will be played: Germany Vs Portugal at the stadium “Arena Lviv” in the city of Lviv and Netherlands Vs Denmark at the stadium “Metalist” in Kharkov.

Euro 2012 mascots, Poland and Ukraine 1


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The Roman Catholic Church of St. Nicholas in Kiev, which was built in the early 20th century, is used as a house of organ and chamber music from 1980. The building is located at Krasnoarmeyskaya Str., 77.

The church, built in the stylized Gothic forms with high towers and spiers, has slender proportions, and clear compositional structure. Photos by Oleg Stelmakh.

St Nicholas Church - House of Organ Music, Kiev, Ukraine view 1


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Chernobyl Museum in Kiev

The exhibition of “Chernobyl” museum located in Kiev is about the largest in the history of nuclear power accident – the accident at the fourth unit of Chernobyl nuclear power plant (Pripyat city) happened in April 1986.

The museum has the collection of about 7,000 exhibits – declassified documents, maps, photographs, objects of ethnic culture, personal belongings of people participated in liquidation of the disaster. The museum of Chernobyl was opened on April 26, 1992. It was dedicated to the fifth anniversary of the accident. Photos by lady-sumerki

Chernobyl museum, Kiev, Ukraine view 1


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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.


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.




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





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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