What You Should Know About 7 Of The Cities That Were Attacked In Ukraine

Ukraine...where old meets the new. A country where culture runs deep and occupying a strategic geographical position in Europe. A fully independent nation that emerged late in the 20th century, August 24, 1991 to be exact right after the dissolution of the USSR.




It has endured long periods of successive occupations by Poland, Lithuania, Russia and Czechoslovakia except for a brief period of freedom between 1918-1920. But after World War II, it became known as Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic, a status that has shaped its existence in the 20th century. In 2014 it began to suffer political and territorial difficulties with its Donbas region, the pro-Russian area of Ukraine.

The conflict in Donbas never came to an end, for the past eight years it caught up with a misunderstanding with Russia. Yet, because of its great beauty, the country became increasingly popular as a tourist destination especially with digital nomads. But on the dawn of February 24, 2022 the world was in great shock when the country suffered a “special military operation” (from Russia) that shattered its major places, so here’s what you should know about some of the cities that were attacked in Ukraine.

Kyiv

Independence Square in Kyiv.

Ukraine‘s capital and where most of journeys used to start. For some time it was once the capital of the USSR and what you should know about Kyiv is that it’s rich in history as reflected on the grand architecture of medieval buildings and opulent Orthodox Churches. Examples of its magnificent tourist sites are the Saint Sophia Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site representing the monumental art of the 11th century, famous for its 1,000-year-old mosaics and frescoes; and the Pecharska Lavra an Orthodox Christian Monastery built in 1051 known for its cave system and narrow passages that used to serve as living quarters of monks, their mummified earthly remains can be viewed in the underground of this monastery.




Odessa

Potemkin Stairs, Odessa.

The “pearl of the Black Sea” and a major port city that I’ve seen in 1994 via the IVS Knock More. What you should know about Odessa is that it may be a large city but its plan provides an intimate feel due to the narrow streets and many secret plazas (or squares). One of Ukraine‘s top attractions, the Potemkin Stairs is Odessa‘s big spot to fame wherein this huge staircase leads from the city center to the beachfront.

Ivano-Frankivsk

Gateway to the Carpathians (mountain ranges that form an arc across Central and Eastern Europe) and what you should know about this city is that it was made famous by the Potocki family (a Polish noble clan that contributed much in the cultural development of Eastern Europe). Known at some point as “Stanislow” in Polish, it was built as a mighty fort in 1662 with this compact city surrounded by wooden walls and fortifications. The oldest part, Rynok Square was once called as “Death Square” because it was where executions were made in the olden times hence an urban legend goes around that restless spirits still haunt the buildings around the square.

Kharkiv

What you should know about Kharkiv is that it is a “Russian-influenced” city since it is located at the northern most part of Ukraine and famous for being a student or university area. And because it is near the Russian border, it shows more of Stalinist type of architecture or “constructivism style” sometimes known as “Derzhprom building” endemic at Freedom Square in Kharkiv. But the city’s best icon is the old Soviet commuter cable transport system which is still in use until the present time.

Chernihiv

Spaso-Preobrazhensky Cathedral (The Saviour-Transfiguration Cathedral) in Chernihiv.

Often referred as one of the oldest cities in Ukraine and it’s what you should know about Chernihiv being established in 907 by the Kyivian Rus, an ancient Slavic royal family. Located along the Desna River, a visit to this ancient town is like a trip back in time. Dytanets, which means citadel in Old Russian is the historical area of Chernihiv where you can find old Churches, ancient cannons and the highlight of this square is the Spaso-Preobrazhensky Cathedral from the 11th century that features tombs of some members of the Kyivian Rus royal family.

Lutsk

Lubart’s or Lutsk Castle

Another old Slavic town located in northwestern Ukraine, what you should know about Lutsk is that it has been dominated by different kingdoms in the past, from Lithuanian to Polish then to the Russian and Tartar empires until it became an independent Ukraine. With a history dating back to 1085, Lustk‘s greatest pride and famous landmark to visit is Lubart’s Castle which dates back to the 14th century. Today, this city is an important industrial center of Ukraine housing factories that produce cars, furniture, shoes, machines and electronics.

Dnipro

Located along the Dnieper River (pronounced “nee-pr” river) on the east-central part of the country, what you should know about Dnipro is that this is the hub for technological industries and metallurgy center of Ukraine. Founded by Catherine The Great, Empress of Russia in the 18th century, Dnipro grew on the back of an expanding manufacturing industry, from cars to weapons then to its aircraft industry.




There are other interesting places to see in Ukraine but sadly who’s going to travel there now? Let us all pray fervently for peace between Russia and Ukraine since they share the same culture and traditions. May there be a positive result in their negotiations that will take place soon in the border with Belarus.

Reference: Wikipedia