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Ukraine, a democracy of 44 million people, continues to experience a devastating attack. As the world uneasily watches the 8th day of the Russian invasion, people and nations are uniting like never before, sending support and condemning this unjustified war.

Sitting in the heart of Europe, Ukraine celebrated its 30 years of independence last year. While it may seem like a young state, it has a thousand-year history. Throughout this period, it has formed a powerful and resilient nation. Citizens there developed a strong sense of national identity, showing devotion and love to its culture, traditions, architecture, communities, and beyond.

Today, brave defenders are fighting for the future of this country, and we want to showcase all of Ukraine’s unique beauty. That’s why Bored Panda scoured the internet and collected some of the most gorgeous and breathtaking pictures that capture what an incredible land it really is. Continue scrolling, upvote the ones you liked most, and share your thoughts in the comments!

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Kyiv, Ukraine

Kyiv, Ukraine

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Amazing architecture i would really hate to see it all gone.... Of course the lives of the people are more important but this is also devastating

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Church Of St. Nicholas On The Water

Church Of St. Nicholas On The Water

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

How quaint. Perfect location for a small wedding. Beautiful

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We reached out to Alina Kisina, a Ukrainian-born photographer, artist, curator, and advocate for creativity working in the UK. In her work, she tries to find harmony in chaos through universal human qualities that reach beyond location, gender and social background. "I'm heartbroken and worried sick about everyone in Ukraine, not just my parents, childhood friends, and creative partners," she told Bored Panda.

"Putting the complex history, political dynamic and conspiracy theories to one side for a minute, I'm simply in pain for all those human beings who, just like most of us, were peacefully going about their daily life, working, raising children, creating something, saving for a vacation and now suddenly have to hide in a bomb shelter, flee and fight for their country and its basic freedoms," Alina said.

"I feel their fear and devastation, but also their courage and determination. And although I share the optimism, it's still going to be messy and tragic, and the cost will be not only human life today, but resentment and hatred for generations to come."

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House Of Scientists - Lviv, Ukraine

House Of Scientists - Lviv, Ukraine

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I’ve seen this before, the weird carpet runner situation is to save the beautiful tile floor.

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Freedom Is Our Religion. Kyiv, 2017

Freedom Is Our Religion. Kyiv, 2017

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

How fitting. I think Putin will soon learn that the Ukrainians really mean that.

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Vozdvizhenka - A Pearl Of Kyiv. The Elite Micro District Of The City. Each Element And Color Perfectly Refined, They Show A Real Rainbow

Vozdvizhenka - A Pearl Of Kyiv. The Elite Micro District Of The City. Each Element And Color Perfectly Refined, They Show A Real Rainbow

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Alina moved to the UK when she was 19 and since then has created her home there. However, she revealed that Ukraine is a place of great inspiration and creative freedom she connects to every time she’s there. "It has its own fresh creative energy, irresistible buzz, and infectious ambition oozing out of so many passionate people who manage to do truly great things in art, culture, and education with very limited resources," she added.

"Ukraine is a beautiful country with its tremendous history and stunning natural reserves. I have a soft spot for Ukraine's many rivers, especially those that flow through cities like Kyiv, Dnipro, and Uzhgorod."

The artist recounted that her special place of respite is "a tiny village in the middle of nowhere in the picturesque Carpathian Mountains in Zakarpattia — a perfect hidden place to recharge and enjoy the simple life in serenity."

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Christmas Tree At Sofiyivska Square In Kyiv, Ukraine

Christmas Tree At Sofiyivska Square In Kyiv, Ukraine

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Old Wooden House In A Forest. Ukraine, The Forest Next To Zbrui Village

Old Wooden House In A Forest. Ukraine, The Forest Next To Zbrui Village

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Ukraine’s nature, architecture, and landscapes are truly breathtaking, and its culture is strong in many traditions: music, art, cuisine, and more. The country has deep customs, wealthy talent, and a long cultural legacy. People there are known for their soft and generous hospitality, even when they’re facing the most difficult times in their lives.

According to Alina, Ukraine's culture is rich, colorful, and vibrant. "I'm a big fan of Ukrainian folk music with all its playfulness and cheer but also beautiful soulful sadness — both translate into the contemporary music scene beautifully."

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Stanislav Grand Canyon In Kherson Moutains, Ukraine

Stanislav Grand Canyon In Kherson Moutains, Ukraine

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Church In Voevodyno, Transcarpathia, Ukraine

Church In Voevodyno, Transcarpathia, Ukraine

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Today, people all over the world feel inspired by the brave defenders fighting on the streets and outskirts of the attacked cities. The Ukrainian flag is everywhere — waved in the air by thousands marching in protests, draped from the balconies in both big and small cities, attached as pins to the jackets of everyone showing support. People are ready to help, showing great faith in the future of this land.

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Pillow Sculpture In Kyiv

Pillow Sculpture In Kyiv

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"My sincere hope is that Ukraine will successfully send Putin back home and avoid further human losses, let alone a potential nightmare of this war turning into a full-blown global conflict," Alina told us.

She wishes that Ukraine "will have a chance to recover from the shock and trauma of what for many is simply a betrayal. That the country will find the strength to transcend this devastating experience and turn it into a powerful source of togetherness, wisdom and the greatness they bring. That their new cultural identity will help build a new present and a new future, allowing the country's creativity to flourish and make this world a better and more beautiful place."

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Independence Square In Kyiv

Independence Square In Kyiv

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Red sky at night sailors delight, red sky in the morning f**k off putin

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Found This Amazing Building While Visiting Kyiv, Ukraine

Found This Amazing Building While Visiting Kyiv, Ukraine

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Kyiv, Ukraine. St. Nicholas Cathedral

Kyiv, Ukraine. St. Nicholas Cathedral

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"Like any war, even the best of possible scenarios will bring a lot of tragic consequences. Instead of strengthening cultural links and understanding between people, it will multiply separation and hatred which will take decades to undo."

Alina concluded by saying that "too many people on either side of this war had no interest in it, yet they will pay the price. Perhaps it's too early to think about it but I'm already asking myself: what will it take and what can we do to not only repair the damage and bring healing but also make sure it doesn't happen again?"

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"Keep In Touch". Popasna, Donbass, Ukraine

"Keep In Touch". Popasna, Donbass, Ukraine

When I asked the kids what was the meaning of this painting, they mostly answered that it spoke about love.
In Popasna, the war divides people, not only geographically but also in their convictions. This wall is a tribute to the children of Popasna who manage to stay together despite the adults' madness. 

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1 year ago (edited) DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I can’t think of how many children witness the tragic events. I hope they all managed to escape and being ok

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Motherland Monument In Kyiv, Ukraine (102m - Taller Than Statue Of Liberty). Museum Of WW2 Inside

Motherland Monument In Kyiv, Ukraine (102m - Taller Than Statue Of Liberty). Museum Of WW2 Inside

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I wish those responsible for this war enter the museum and live the horror again cause they seem to have forgotten it!

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Holodomor Victims Memorial - Kyiv, Ukraine

Holodomor Victims Memorial - Kyiv, Ukraine

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

For those who don’t know Holodomor was genocide, perpetrated by the Soviet government, upon Ukraine. Millions starved to death. The photographs of it are some of the most heart wrenching images you could ever see.

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House With Chimaeras In Kyiv, Ukraine

House With Chimaeras In Kyiv, Ukraine

House with Chimaeras or Horodecki House - designed by Władysław Horodecki in 1901 in the Art Nouveau style. Due to his detailed architecture, Horodecki was known as the Antoni Gaudí of Kyiv. 

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"Golden Gate" Is One Of The Most Beautiful Metro Stations Not Only In Ukraine, But Also In Europe

"Golden Gate" Is One Of The Most Beautiful Metro Stations Not Only In Ukraine, But Also In Europe

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Filled with people that try to save themselves from the bombs right now😢😢

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Illuminating Photo I Took On A Trip To Lviv, Ukraine

Illuminating Photo I Took On A Trip To Lviv, Ukraine

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People's Friendship Arch In Kyiv, Ukraine

People's Friendship Arch In Kyiv, Ukraine

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

My eyes cannot believe what they are seeing. This is wonderful!

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Lviv Theatre Of Opera And Ballet

Lviv Theatre Of Opera And Ballet

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

How can someone describe the beauty of this? Magical seems to be an understatement.

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Sudak, Crimea, Ukraine

Sudak, Crimea, Ukraine

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My Son Took A Picture Of A Little Cottage Near Lviv, Ukraine I Thought You Might Enjoy

My Son Took A Picture Of A Little Cottage Near Lviv, Ukraine I Thought You Might Enjoy

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Potemkin Stairs In Odessa

Potemkin Stairs In Odessa

Potemkin Stairs - 192 steps connecting the port with the center, are the entrance gate to the city and are also the most recognizable showcase of Odessa. Standing at their foot, you cannot see their end, in a word, a long staircase.

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Uzhgorod, Ukraine

Uzhgorod, Ukraine

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Evening Kyiv With Motherland Statue In Background

Evening Kyiv With Motherland Statue In Background

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An Unusual Tunnel "Fairy Tale" In Odessa, Ukraine

An Unusual Tunnel "Fairy Tale" In Odessa, Ukraine

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The pattern on the right being a rotation would make my head hurt, but man that's beautiful.

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This Street Looks Like LEGO And I Love It

This Street Looks Like LEGO And I Love It

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Soviet-Era Architectural Features In Kyiv - Does Anyone Know What These Features Symbolised?

Soviet-Era Architectural Features In Kyiv - Does Anyone Know What These Features Symbolised?

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The star inside the red rhombus is the soviet star, you can find it on the red soviet flag too. The symbol in the second rhombus looks like a communist coat of arms.

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Odessa, Ukraine

Odessa, Ukraine

The interesting fact about this place is that you can swim here with the dolphins. The dolphinarium in the hotel is always a plus, I discovered an additional attraction - flying a drone with seagulls.

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

dolphinarium is never a plus unless the dolphin you can swim with are free to go as they please.

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Independence Square, Kyiv, Ukraine

Independence Square, Kyiv, Ukraine

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St. Nicholas Cathedral, Kyiv, A Few Days Ago

St. Nicholas Cathedral, Kyiv, A Few Days Ago

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Vozdvyzhenka, Kyiv - A Neighborhood Of ‘Luxury’ 19th Century European Style Apartments That Were Built In The 21st Century

Vozdvyzhenka, Kyiv - A Neighborhood Of ‘Luxury’ 19th Century European Style Apartments That Were Built In The 21st Century

When the picture was taken back in 2017, they were mostly still unoccupied due to the high price and low demand.

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The Beauty Of Ukrainian Architecture

The Beauty Of Ukrainian Architecture

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Motherland Monument On The Top Of Hill In Kyiv, Ukraine

Motherland Monument On The Top Of Hill In Kyiv, Ukraine

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I love this! Such a wonderful place. They do not deserve the furry being unleashed upon them.

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Architectural Face Of Kyiv 1960-1980: Familiar To The Eye, But In Some Ways Spectacular, In Some Ways Unique, Or Even Absurd Buildings

Architectural Face Of Kyiv 1960-1980: Familiar To The Eye, But In Some Ways Spectacular, In Some Ways Unique, Or Even Absurd Buildings

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One Of The Two Halls Of Parting, Memory Park (Kyiv) Ukraine. Built In 1968–1981

One Of The Two Halls Of Parting, Memory Park (Kyiv) Ukraine. Built In 1968–1981

Architect: A. Miletsky concept, design, architectural plastic copyright modeling of the wall of remembrance by artists Ada Rybachuk and Vladimir Melnichenko

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Memory Park is a crematorium located on the outskirts of Kiev, Ukraine. Controversial at the time of planning as cremation was a sensitive subject after the WWII genocide and incineration of Ukrainian Jews, this crematorium was designed to avoid any association with the process of cremation. https://urbexhub.com › memory-par...

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