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Unusual buildings in Ukraine

Ukrainian architecture combines wide range of different styles- from baroque to postmodernism. There are many breathtaking buildings and structures, beautiful cathedrals, castles, churches, and theaters. But there are also some that awake our imagination and make us wonder. Here are just few unusual buildings in Ukraine. We have many more.

Kyiv, House with Chimaeras
Kyiv House with Chimaeras

Chernivtsi, Ship House
Chernovtsy Ship-House

Odessa, Wall-HouseOdessa Wall-House

Kyiv,  The House of Baron GildenbrandKyiv Baron Gildenbrand house

Lutsk, The House of Architect GolovanLutsk Architector's House 2

Kyiv, The House of the Weeping Widow
Kyiv Crying Widow house

Lviv, castle building on General Chuprinka Street
Lviv residential house-castle

Odessa, Forest Building
Forest-house in Chubaevka

Donetsk, hotel BonBonDonetsk Hotel Bon-Bon

Odessa, building with eclectic styleOdessa

Odessa, shapeless houseShapeless house in Odessa

Yalta, Druzhba SanatoriumYalta Druzhba sanatorium

Lviv, Crossword HouseLviv Crossword HouseAll the photos are taken from different online sources.

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My Beautiful City of Oleksandriia in the Center of Ukraine

Kirovohrad Oblast in the Center of Ukraine

If you travel south of Kiev down to the center of Ukraine,  you will find yourself in Kirovohrad oblast (region), with the administrative center the city Kirovohrad. The oblast was created as a part of the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic on January 10, 1939. The size of this picturesque area is 24,600 km2 (9,498.11 sq mi), and the population (as of 2004-05-01) is 1.1 million.  There are about 246,000 people who chose to live in Kirovohrad.

My home town Oleksandriia serves as an administrative center of Oleksandriia district (raionin Ukrainian). It is the second largest city after Kirovohrad in the oblast.

Oleksandriia, Ukraine

Oleksandriia Emblem

The first settlement was established here in 1746, which was 266 years ago. It was a kozak settlement known as Usivka. Later in 1754, the Empress Elizabeth ordered the construction of the fortification on the banks of the river Ingul, used for defense of Southern Ukraine against the attacks of Turks and Crimean Tatars. That’s when the garrison of the fortress was established on the territory of the modern Oleksandriia, and was called Becheia. The Fortress of St. Elizabeth laid the foundation of the city Elisavetgrad – now Kirovohrad. In the end of 1700s Oleksandriia received its current name.

Oleksandriia Flag

My beautiful town is marked by its long history in many extraordinary ways. It is small and cozy, with only 96 900 people living here (in Ukraine, places like this are considered to be relatively small). There are several monuments, cultural establishments, 13 libraries, 2 museums, professional soccer stadium “Nika”, and many parks and lakes.

I am feeling the love these days for my pretty Oleksandriia, and I decided to share it with you. Enjoy! And come visit us soon!

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The Wheels on the Bus Go Round and Round All Through Ukraine

Another Beautiful Ukrainian Landscape

Traveling around Ukraine by bus sometimes feels to me like I’m back in the USSR. Bad roads are like hello from the soviet days. Frustrating but charming.

This time I am going by bus from Kirovograd to Alexandria, Ukraine.  When you are driving around Ukraine, especially in province areas, there is no possible way to drink water from a bottle without hurting your lips, or write something that you could easily read later, especially on a shaking, rattling bus. Of course there are all kinds of buses in Ukraine, and I tried many: the good, the bad, and the ugly. A lot of them are just means of transportation- comfort is optional. I’ve been traveling like this since 17 when I went to the university in Kirovograd. It feels like my body still remembers every bump and pothole.

Inside of an Old Bus.

It is 5:20 p.m. and we are all sitting on this old, worn out, dusty small bus, simply happy to be going to our final destination safely and on time. Right between Kirovograd and Alexandria there is a small town Znamenka where the buses stop for a break usually anywhere from 10 to 20 minutes. The bus is entering the bus station and I know that there will be gypsies asking for money, and the same babushky (elderly ladies) will be selling pirozhky for about 5 UAH (61 cents) each. They come into the bus and say “pirozhky, pirozhky, goryachiye pirozhky” (stuffed buns, stuffed buns, hot stuffed buns), and repeat it about 10 times. There are stray dogs running around. Homeless looking for a way to get a few Hryvnias (Ukrainian currency) to buy another bottle of vodka. And it is just a part of the flavor that is hard to understand and fall in love with; it is something I grew up with. Not that I’m proud of it, but I simply accept it the way it is. It is part of me and I do not take it out of my being.

Ukrainian Countryside

I have mixed feelings about being in Ukraine now. On one hand I am enjoying my life here, and on the other hand it hurts being here. I love gorgeous landscapes, availability of fresh organic food, hospitality of the people, our long history and rich culture. I love my family and friends! But at the same time I can’t stand the fact that the government and its people conscientiously degrade our culture and the quality of life. I see drunks on every corner. Vodka brands are sponsoring many daily entertainment shows on TV. People sell horilka (samogon in Russian, moonshine in English) and cigarettes to teenagers. You can’t walk 2 meters and enjoy the fresh air without running into a smoker. Liquor and cigarettes are cheap and available on almost every street and corner. This kind of reality is very sad to me because I want to see my country healthy and prosperous! But it is the way life is here. Very controversial.

Would you like some watermelons?

So we are on the bus, and it is about fifty more minutes of travel time before we reach our final destination. In the States it would take about 20 minutes, but due to really bad roads it takes eternity to get to the places here.

I notice big watermelons on the right side of the road- 2,50 UAH per kilo; it’s like a quarter dollar for about 2 pounds. The vendor has about 20 big, beautiful melons right there on the grass; very cheap and convenient. No need to go to the market when it’s all there. We are so spoiled by the ease of grocery shopping. It is very common for Ukrainians to sell fruits and vegetables pretty much anywhere you want to.

I look around, and the area that we are passing by reminds me a little enchanted forest with beautiful trees on both sides. I always take time to notice the beauty of this place, and Ukrainian landscape in general. Fall makes it even more captivating. Yellow, green and burgundy leaves are covering trees and bushes, looking like a precisely crafted carpet. It is about 80ºF and the sun is gently kissing my face. What a beautiful time of the year!

I know that I am leaving soon to go back to the States. I love America. I love almost everything about it, but I know that I will miss Ukraine once I leave it. So now, I’m enjoying my ride on this old, dusty bus, jumping up and down every time we hit a road bump. And I’m feeling so happy to be able to experience Ukraine to the fullest, not limiting myself to comfy taxi rides, nice upscale places, and certain circles of people. I enjoy it all! I enjoy my lovely country, so complicated and so simple at the same time!

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Ukrainian Name

There is a difference between Ukrainian and American full names.

In Ukraine, there is no additional or middle name placed between first name and family name. Instead, there is a patronymic name. Full Ukrainian name consist of three components: first name, given to a child by parents; patronymic, based on father’s name; and surname, that indicates child’s belonging to a certain family. For example: Galyna Petrivna Naidenko. First name Galyna, chosen by parents; Petrivna indicates that Galyna is a daughter of Peter (Petro in Ukrainian); and Naidenko is a family name.

Given name has three main historical sources: Orthodox Church, Catholic Church, and pre-Christian Slavic origin lexicons. Many names have Greek and Latin origin. For example: Nikolay/Mykola, equivalent to Nicholas, of Greek origin; Tatyana/Tetiana, of Latin origin. Almost all given names have diminutive forms. That’s why quite often when foreigners come to Ukraine they don’t understand why one person is called different names sometimes. For example: Galyna (Galya, Gala), Oleksandr (Sasha).

Patronymic names have suffixes. Woman’s patronymic name always ends with -ivna; for example: Petrivna, Oleksiyivna; and man’s name always ends with –ovych, sometimes -ich; for example: Andriyovych, Petrovych, Illich.

Ukrainian family names can be easily recognized by their endings. The most common suffix is -enko; for example, Naidenko, Shevchenko. The other commonly used suffixes in surnames are -ko (Boiko), –chuk (Kovalchuk), -yuk, -uk, -yak, -ak (Pivnyak, Pavlyuk). There are other suffixes used in Ukrainian family names, but the ones above are the most common.

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“Ukraine”, instead of “The Ukraine”.

I hear a lot of times people saying “The Ukraine” instead of “Ukraine”. They tell me that’s the way they learned it growing up. Even highly educated people in the USA say “The Ukraine”. Though on my English classes at college, where I got my degree in foreign languages, I learned that one-word country names didn’t have the definite article.

So, what is correct “Ukraine” or  “The Ukraine”?

The name “Ukraine” (in Ukrainian it’s pronounced “Ukrayina”) has been used in a variety of ways since the twelfth century.

During Soviet days Ukraine was called the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic or in short, the Ukrainian SSR. After USSR collapsed, Ukraine became a separate country. It proclaimed its independence on August 24, 1991. It was no longer a republic. The modern country of Ukraine was established. The Ukrainian government advised to drop “the” in the name of Ukraine. In August 1991 President George H.W. Bush assured everybody that the United States of America will recognize Ukraine as an independent country.

The challenge is that for a long period of time Ukrainian immigrant scholars used the definite article “the” before the name of Ukraine. This was simply due to their force of habit, and sometimes weak knowledge of English. They grew up in the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic, and most of them moved to the U.S. when Ukraine was in transition from a republic to an independent country. That’s why many people still think that “The Ukraine” is correct.

I want to emphasize that English grammar has easy to understand rules about articles (definite and indefinite). When you talk about one-word country names, there is no article; e.g. France, Italy or Ukraine. If the name is with political descriptions, one should use definite article “the”; e.g. The People’s Republic of China. With plurals you need to use “the”; e.g. the Philippines. With compass directions do not use “the”; e.g. North Korea.

As you see it is Ukraine, not “The Ukraine”.

Go to Wikipedia, and search “Ukraine” to find more information about this country.

I know that it will be some time before people learn that there is no article “the” in the name “Ukraine”. I hope, though, that some day Ukraine will be recognized by the world as an independent country, not as part of Russia or nonexistent Soviet Union…

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