50 Beautiful Pics Of Ukraine That Are Heartbreaking To See Right Now
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!
The Love Tunnel, Ukraine
Church Of St. Nicholas On The Water
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."
House Of Scientists - Lviv, Ukraine
Vozdvizhenka - A Pearl Of Kyiv. The Elite Micro District Of The City. Each Element And Color Perfectly Refined, They Show A Real Rainbow
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."
Old Wooden House In A Forest. Ukraine, The Forest Next To Zbrui Village
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."
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.
Pillow Sculpture In Kyiv
"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."
Found This Amazing Building While Visiting Kyiv, Ukraine
"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?"
"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.
Motherland Monument In Kyiv, Ukraine (102m - Taller Than Statue Of Liberty). Museum Of WW2 Inside
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.
"Golden Gate" Is One Of The Most Beautiful Metro Stations Not Only In Ukraine, But Also In Europe
Revival Mural In Kyiv
Illuminating Photo I Took On A Trip To Lviv, Ukraine
People's Friendship Arch In Kyiv, Ukraine
Sudak, Crimea, Ukraine
Baroque Kyiv, Ukraine
My Son Took A Picture Of A Little Cottage Near Lviv, Ukraine I Thought You Might Enjoy
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.
Evening Kyiv With Motherland Statue In Background
This Street Looks Like LEGO And I Love It
Soviet-Era Architectural Features In Kyiv - Does Anyone Know What These Features Symbolised?
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.
Independence Square, Kyiv, Ukraine
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.
Architectural Face Of Kyiv 1960-1980: Familiar To The Eye, But In Some Ways Spectacular, In Some Ways Unique, Or Even Absurd Buildings
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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