Ukraine

Giant Cogs

On the southern coast of the Crimean peninsula in Ukraine there’s giant cogs! They were left over parts from the world’s largest clock, which spanned 600m across the coast and was used by scientists in Mir space station to tell…

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Friday, 30th June 2006

The People’s Friendship Arch

This is the People’s Friendship Arch in Kiev – a huge titanium arch, 50 metres in diameter, which celebrates the union of Russia and Ukraine. Underneath the arch stand two statues which can be seen at the Kiev City Guide.…

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Friday, 5th May 2006

Mother Motherland (Rodina Mat), Kiev

This is Kiev’s Mother Motherland statue (Rodina-mat), one of a series of statues erected by the old Soviet Union to commemorate their victory in what was known there as the Great Patriotic War – which many people might know better…

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Thursday, 4th May 2006

Antonov An-225 Mriya

Parked at Gostomel Airport we find the only completed Antonov An-225 Mriya, which is the world’s biggest aircraft! (the American “Spruce Goose” has a larger wingspan, but it only ever flew once, and the Mriya is larger in terms of…

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Monday, 1st May 2006

20 Years After Chernobyl

Yesterday was the 20 year anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster, and Google has marked the occasion by providing high-resolution imagery of the whole area. In our thumbnail you can see the concrete sarcophagus which was built to attempt to contain…

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Thursday, 27th April 2006

Chernobyl

The site of the Chernobyl nuclear power station is in Ukraine, at the far east of Europe. There isn’t super-high res imagery of the area but you can get the general idea of the layout. For an annotated image there…

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Thursday, 23rd June 2005
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