Every year the Ukraїner expedition covers at least 30 thousand kilometers around Ukraine, exploring the most interesting locations and personalities from the east to the west, from the south to the north. Every year we prepare a summary of all stories we shot, so we summed up the year of 2018. What kind of Ukraine do you know and see it every day? We will try to show it to you from a slightly different angle with the help of photos.
The Ukraїner had 6 expeditions during 2018, we had two live streams from Malanka carnival in Vashkivtsi and Krasnoyilsk, we worked with more than a dozen photographers. In this story, you will see a small part of the photos taken in different regions of Ukraine. We collected money for the trip to Greece for the sculptor Valeriy and currently, we are working on making a documentary feature about it. Our photos get uploaded first of all to our official account Instagram and Facebook-page.
Malanka carnival in Krasnoyilsk and Vashkivtsi
The first trip of the Ukraїner team in 2018 was an expedition to Vashkivtsi and Krasnoyilsk to shoot a celebration of Malanka (a traditional carnival). We split into two teams, the story and the video about Krasnoyilsk Malanka is already released on Ukraїner site (now available in Ukrainian), and the story about Vashkivtsi Malanka will come out in 2019.
At the end of 2017, 850 philanthropists donated over 110 thousand hryvnias after this post on Facebook for a trip of the sculptor from the village Panasivka to Greece. At the beginning of January, the Ukraїner team started realizing this idea but faced a problem: Valeriy did not have even a national passport. In a couple of months we prepared all the paperwork and in March the trip took place.
Valeriy, stoked by Greek culture, dreamt all his life to travel there. He received this opportunity after our story about him was published. The money needed for the trip had been collected within three hours. However, due to some circumstances, the budget of the trip increased once and again: you can learn about some of them from the story, you will learn about the others from the movie that we are currently working on.
Tavria was our first expedition in 2018. It started early in the spring. We went to the most southern region of Ukraine at the beginning of the tourist season in order to see the beginning of season preparations there.
Lessons at the yachting school, Kherson. The 14th of April, 2018. Photo: Alina Kondratenko.
Adzyhol Lighthouse from a bird’s-eye view. It is the tallest lighthouse in Ukraine located near the village Rybalche, Kherson region. The 22nd of April, 2018. Photo: Pavlo Pashko.
Craftsman and buhay maker Andriy Lopushynskyi from the village Daryivka, Kherson region, posing on the bank of the river Inhulets. The 14th of April, 2018. Photo: Alina Kondratenko.
A story about a unique instrument “buhay” is available our site Ukrainer.net (now in Ukrainian).
Birds gliding above the sandy semidesert in Tavria, near the Kinburn Spit. The 22nd of April, 2018. Photo: Pavlo Pashko.
A rehearsal of a circus troupe Jin Roh in Kherson. For 10 years the Kherson circus theatre has been creating unique world-class shows and tour with them all over the world. The 15th of April, 2018. Photo: Alina Kondratenko.
The story about Jin Roh was published on Ukraїner site.
The location of the great egret nesting on Kinburn Spit. The great egret lives secluded, protecting its territory from competing representatives of its own species. However, they feed in flocks. The 22nd of April, 2018. Photo: Pavlo Pashko.
A farmer from the town Oleshky Albert Fedotov grows the vine in greenhouses, collects different breeds and considers vine-growing his life mission. The 16th of April, 2018. Photo: Alina Kondratenko.
Read the story about winegrower on Ukraїner site (now available in Ukrainian).
A woman paints stucco works on a house in Nova Kakhovka. 17th of April, 2018. Photo: Mykyta Zavilinskyi.
The story about “stone vyshyvanka” on the houses in Nova Kakhovka was published on Ukraїner site (now available in Ukrainian).
The salt lakes near the village Heroiske, not far from Kinburn Spit. The 23rd of April, 2018. Photo: Pavlo Pashko.
They practice a unique way of salt extraction through staged evaporation here. Seawater is moved through a natural cascade of 20 ponds, turning into pink brine that is turned into salt.
A worker in weaving studio in the village Liubymivka where the Swedish carpets are made and exported to 29 countries. Photo: Mykyta Zavilinskyi.
The story about the carpets was published on Ukraїner site (now available in Ukrainian).
On the very edge of Kinburn Spit, the sea and the river are just some metres away. As you can see the fresh and salty water differ in color. The 6th of May, 2018. Photo: Pavlo Pashko.
A farmer Serhiy Kovalov is rolling a wheelbarrow with cabbage from a greenhouse for sale at the farmer’s market in the village Velyki Kopani, Oleshky district. The 20th of April, 2018. Photo: Mykyta Zavilinskyi.
A view on Dzharylhach island in the Black Sea. It is the biggest uninhabited island in Ukraine, located in the Karkinit bay, 7 kilometres away from the Black Sea. The 25th of April, 2018. Photo: Pavlo Pashko.
Prychornomoria was the second region visited by our team in 2018. In a couple of weeks, we visited Mykolaiv and Odesa along with many small towns and villages.
An ethnic boyko Myhailo Halak with his brothers are playing musical instruments in traditional boyko band. They are descendants of boyko families that were deported from western Ukraine to the village Zmiyivka, Prychornomoria, and stayed there till nowadays. The 30th of April, 2018. Photo: Vasyl Salyha.
A painter Volodymyr Bakhtov in his workshop in the village Parutyne, Mykolaiv region, near the historic archaeological preserve Olvia. The 5th of May, 2018. Photo: Vasyl Salyha.
A view from a copter at a wind-driven electric power station near the village Dmytrivka, Prychornomoria. The 7th of May, 2018. Photo: Pavlo Pashko.
Children biking through the city park with purchases in the village Pershotravneve. The 8th of May, 2018. Photo: Juryj Stefanyak.
A car amidst a field on the territory of Telihul preserve near the village Kobleve. The 8th of May, 2018. Photo: Juryj Stefanyak.
A sculptor Ovnan Manukian from Odesa is creating a sculpture with a chainsaw. He has created a total of 6 sculptures for the city. He takes an active part in the life of Armenian community of Odesa. The 10th of April, 2018. Photo: Juryj Stefanyak.
A famous astronomer, a staff member of Odesa Observatory Osman Shakhruhanov is stargazing in the premises of Odesa Observatory. It used to be the Main State Astronomical Observatory of Narcosmos. The 12th of May, 2018. Photo: Juryj Stefanyak.
A tractor plowing a field near a nut farm in the village Troitske, Prychornomoria. The 13th of May, 2018. Photo: Pavlo Pashko.
Monuments to Lenin collected at an ostrich farm in the village Kremenivka. The 15th of May, 2018 Photo: Juryj Stefanyak.
An ostrich farm in the village Kremenivka, Mykolaiv region. The 15th of May, 2018. Photo: Juryj Stefanyak.
Podniprovia and Zaporizhzhia
Podniprovia and Zaporizhzhia is the third region that we visited at the end of spring 2018.
View on Khortytsia island and the fortress Zaporizhian Sich, Zaporizhzhia. The 23rd of May, 2018. Photo: Pavlo Pashko.
Khortytsia is the biggest island on Dnipro. It is a unique natural and historic complex. In 2007, Khortytsia got a title of the one of “7 Wonders Of Ukraine”. The island is 12 km in length and 2.5 km in width, it consists of steppes, meadows, oak, and needle-leaved forests. The most popular place on the island is the historic cultural complex “Zaporizhian Sich” that models the atmosphere of the Cossack times. Apart from that, there are nine settlements on the island where 2 thousand people reside.
An exhibition performance of the Cossacks in the Khortytsia island. The 23rd of May, 2018. Photo: Alina Kondratenko.
One of the facilities of the steel mill “Zaporizhstal”, Zaporizhzhia. The 24th of May, 2018. Photo: Khrystyna Kulakovska.
Lessons in the museum of the history of musical instruments “Barabanza”, Zaporizhzhia, created by Denys Vasyliev. The 25th of May, 2018. Photo: Khrystyna Kulakovska.
A unique potter and social volunteer Serhii Horban near his workshop in Dnipro City. The 30th of May, 2018. Photo: Khrystyna Kulakovska.
A view on the waterfront of Dnipro City during the sunset. The 31st of May, 2018. Photo: Pavlo Pashko.
The Petrykiv painting style craftswoman is showing her drawings on the crockery. Petrykivka, the 1st of June, 2018. Photo: Juryj Stefanyak.
Kertulay Ohly’s family in Pavlohrad. It is an industrial town in Podniprovia region, the center of coal basin in the western Donbas. The 2nd of June, 2018. Photo: Oleksandr Khomenko.
An article about the Roma from Pavlohrad was released on Ukraїner site.
A potter Mykhailo Tovstovus makes pottery in the studio of original ceramics Pottery Park, located in a mansion in the village Shediyeve, Poltava region. The 2nd of June, 2018. Photo: Oleksandr Khomenko.
Oleksandr Nachosa on a scooter with a backpack of his own production is heading out on business from the workshop Blackpack in Kremenchuk, where they are produced. The 3rd of June, 2018. Photo: Oleksandr Khomenko.
Together with a friend Artem Sverhun, Oleksandr founded a production of high-quality backpacks Blackpack, that are exported. An article about this startup was released on Ukraїner site (now available in Ukrainian).
A pupil of school in Kropyvnytsk is weaving a tapestry at the lesson with the craftswoman Valentyna Dobrovolska. The 4th of July, 2018. Photo: Oleksandr Khomenko.
Boys-shepherds are pasturing a herd of goats at the farm “Zolota Koza” in the evening, the village Pokrovske, Zaporizhzhia. The 4th of June, 2018. Photo: Pavo Pashko.
Two girls are going down the zip line above the Radonove lake, a former quarry that got flooded. The 5th of June, 2018. Photo: Oleksandr Khomenko.
Between Zaporizhzhia and Naddniprianshchyna we had a small break in shooting and for three weeks we have immersed in the central region of Ukraine, Kyiv is part of it. However, there were so many stories connected to it that we decided to create a separate series of stories about Kyiv after the main round of expeditions.
A self-taught craftsman Volodymyr Vavilov is posing next to a fanciful car created by him. The 19th of June, 2018. Photo: Kateryna Akvarelna.
Volodymyr bought the old FIAT car for 4 thousand hryvnias and he invested into its customizing over 300 thousand hryvnias of his own money. The six-wheeled car resembles a starship with a figurine of the Alien on its roof. This marvel-car has eight exhaust pipes, tire rims with ILL and 5 TV screens inside.
The central beach of the town Bila Tserkva on the Ros river. The river is considered to be too polluted and swimming in it is not recommended. The 20th of June, 2018. Photo: Pavlo Pashko.
A child running around at the farm “Babyni Kozy” in the village Halaiky, Kyiv region. The business has been operating since 2007. The family farm “Babyni Kozy” is a hobby that grew to industrial scale and became an example of a successful family business. The 20th of June, 2018. Photo: Kateryna Akvarelna.
The craftsman is working on a fingerboard of the future guitar in the workshop of the manufacture “Universum Guitar”. The 21st of June 2018. Photo: Kateryna Akvarelna.
All the guitars of the manufacture “Universum Guitars “are created with the help of the golden section. The craftsmen believe that it is one of the factors that gives the guitars unique sounding. Many famous musicians play Ukrainian guitars, among them are Alice Cooper, Tommy Emmanuel, John Patitucci, and many others.
A view from the copter at the parterre amphitheater and the terrace of roses in the National Arboretum “Sofiyivka” in Uman. The 22nd of June, 2018. Photo: Pavlo Pashko.
An elderly woman is taking rest protecting herself from the rain with an umbrella and sitting on a tree stump on the territory of the Buky canyon, Cherkasy region. The 22nd of June, 2018. Photo: Kateryna Akvarelna.
A lesson session at the accordion school in the town Zhashkiv, Naddniprianshchyna. The 24th of June, 2018. Photo: Kateryna Akvarelna.
A stork walking on the territory of an educational entertainment complex “Zernolend” in the village Ivkivtsi, Chyhyryn district, Cherkasy region. The 26th of June, 2018. Photo: Kateryna Akvarelna.
A museum guide Oleksii Trokhymovych and an idea generator Nazar Lavrinenko in the educational entertainment complex “Zernolend” in the village Ivkivtsi, Chyhyryn district, Cherkasy region. The 26th of June, 2018. Photo: Kateryna Akvarelna.
A view on the hotel “Slovianskyi” or as it’s also called the Blue Palace at the sunset. This building was constructed at the end of the 19th century by the project of Vladyslav Horodetskyi. The 26th of June, 2018. Photo: Pavlo Pashko.
The Reviv dam between the town of Svitlovodsk and the village Podorozhnie. The 29th of June, 2018. Photo: Pavlo Pashko.
A Roma woman holding her two children during the meeting in the centre “Dialogue between generations” which is the single place in Ukraine where the Roma can get medical help, take rest, wash their clothes and take a shower, the town Zolotonosha, Cherkasy region. The 6th of July, 2018. Photo: Alina Kondratenko.
An article about the Roma from Zolotonosha has been released on Ukraїner site.
Volyn is an area that usually associates with Volyn region but this historic district is way bigger. It was the fifth expedition last year.
The house of the fisherman in the village Staryi Solotvyn in the middle of the river Kodnianka, from a bird’s-eye view at the beginning of February and September 2018. Photo: Pavlo Pashko.
The field and crates for cabbage from a bird’s-eye view in the village Khorokhoryn, Lutsk region. It is the only village in Volyn region where strawberries and Pe-tsai cabbage are the main agricultural business. The 29th of July, 2018. Photo: Pavlo Pashko.
Children on a horse cart not far from Volodymyr-Volynskyi. The 30th of July, 2018. Photo: Dmytro Bartosh.
The craftsmen from a glass blowing studio are demonstrating how to make pipes for smoking and other items using a unique technology of adding silver of the highest rate to a high-quality glass. The 31st of July, 2018. Photo: Dmytro Bartosh.
“Odyn v kanoe” bandmate Ihor Dzikovskyi is plogging in the forest near his hometown Sosnivka, Volyn. Plogging is a kind of sports that combines jogging and garbage collecting, taking care of one’s health and environment simultaneously. The 1st of August, 2018. Photo: Dmytro Bartosh.
The black pottery craftsman Andriy Ulianytskyi with his wife in the pottery workshop in the town Chervonohrad, Volyn. The 1st of August, 2018. Photo: Dmytro Bartosh.
The Summer Bobsleigh Cup of Ukraine on the one and only bobsleigh track in Kremenets, Volyn. The 4th of August, 2018. Photo: Pavlo Pashko.
The construction of the Kremenets track started in the middle of 90s and it is 1157 meters long. It was out into usage in 2004.
The Saint Ignatius of Loyola and Stanislaus Kostka basilica or a Jesuit Roman Catholic church in Kremenets, Volyn. The 5th of August, 2018. Photo: Pavlo Pashko.
Nowadays this basilica is renamed into the Church of the Transfiguration of Christ. This building in the style of late baroque is the tallest in the town. During the soviet times, it was turned into a sports center.
The bird’s eye view on the Tarakaniv fort. The 5th of September, 2018. Photo: Pavlo Pashko.
The ruins of the unique 19th-century military building located near the town Dubno, not far from the village Tarakaniv, Volyn. The fort was in military operational readiness till 1908. It is interesting that the building is still in army inventory.
The view on the Ostrogski Castle in Starokostiantyniv. The 7th of August, 2018. Photo: Pavlo Pashko.
This 16th-century castle was built on the merge of the rivers Sluch and Ikopot for the protection of surrounding territories from the Tatar attacks. The castle was the residence of the Princes Ostrogski and that’s how it got its name.
The view on the Monastery of the Barefoot Carmelites in Berdychiv, Zhytomyr region. The Ukraїner expedition shot this famous 17th-century Catholic cathedral on its way from Volyn to Kyiv for a short break. The 7th of August, 2018. Photo: Pavlo Pashko.
Slobozhanshchyna is one of the largest regions of the east that includes part of the much later formed region Donbas and all of Kharkiv and partially Sumy regions. The soviet occupation started from these very lands that is why Kharkiv is still erroneously called according to the Soviet cliche “the first capital”, however, this region carries Ukrainian authenticity, the art of kobza playing, Cossack traditions, chalk hills, and modern architecture.
A view on Derzhprom and the Square of Freedom in Kharkiv. The 23rd of August, 2018. Photo: Pavo Pashko.
The Derzhprom building is the first soviet 13-story skyscraper erected in the constructivist style. The Freedom Square is the largest square in Ukraine and the 15th largest in the world.
The bird’s eye view on the planes of the Civil air patrol, that take off for their watch from an airport next to Kharkiv. The 25th of August, 2018. Photo: Pavlo Pashko.
A pilot of the Civil air patrol is navigating the plane above Kharkiv. One of the tasks of this patrol is a medical evacuation of people with the help of aviation. The 25th August, 2018. Photo: Serhiy Sverdelov.
Kobzar Nazar Bozhynskyi is playing kobza on Kharkiv market just like in old times. The 26th of August, 2018. Photo: Serhiy Sverdelov.
The station of ionosphere researches in the town Zmiyiv, near Kharkiv, from a bird’s-eye view. The 27th of August, 2018. Photo: Pavlo Pashko.
The complex consists of the Institute of Ionosphere in Kharkiv, the radars of incoherent scattering, double mirror parabolic antenna and fully steerable 25-meter antenna. All these complicated technical constructions are designed for research of radio-frequency emission influence on the ionosphere plasma. Nowadays the station operates partially.
The visitors of the creative space D•R•U•Z•I in Kostiantynivka, Donetsk region, are busy with technical tasks. The 31st of August, 2018. Photo: Pavlo Pakhomenko.
Read the article about interaction spaces in Kostiantynivka on Ukraїner site (now available in Ukrainian).
A smithy in Dobropillia. The 1st of September, 2018. Photo: Pavlo Pakhomenko.
A clay quarry near Druzhkivka, Slobozhanshchyna. Fire clay is extracted here, there is high demand for it from foreign productions. The 1st of September, 2018. Photo: Pavlo Pashko.
Anna Tuzova is playing with a child in the centre for children with special needs “Promin”, Kostiantynivka, Donetsk region. The 1st of September, 2018. Photo: Pavlo Pakhomenko.
Read the article about interaction spaces in Kostiantynivka on the site (now available in Ukrainian).
A potter Dmytro in Sloviansk. The 2nd of September, 2018. Photo: Pavlo Pakhomenko.
Children are playing on the sports playground built on the money from a mini-grant project received by an organization “Tvortsi Istoriyi” and aimed at improvement of the town Dobropillia, Donetsk region. The 2nd of September, 2018. Photo: Pavlo Pashko.
Read the article about interaction spaces in Dobropillia on Ukraїner site (now available in Ukrainian).
An activist Maksym Trunov is telling the journalists from Ukraїner project about the creation of a skate-park for youth on the territory of the movies theatre “Druzhba” in Lysychansk. The 5th of September, 2018. Photo: Artem Galkin.
The article about interaction spaces in Lysychansk was released on Ukraїner site (now available in Ukrainian).
Zhasyn Iskondarov is the elder of Meskhetian Turks community in the village Vasiukivka, near Bakhmut, having rest with his family at home. The 6th of September, 2018. Photo: Artem Galkin.
A view on the biggest radio telescope (UTR-2) in the world located not far from the town Chuhuyiv, Slobozhanshchyna. It is an interesting fact that this radio telescope is bigger than all similar telescopes in the world combined together. The 7th of September, 2018. Photo: Pavlo Pashko.
The portrait of the composer Petro Chaikovsky by Nadiya Hodasevych-Lezhe, made in the technique of mosaic and exhibited in the historic art museum in the village Parkhomivka, Kharkiv region. The 8th of September, 2018. Photo: Artem Galkin.
Horiun Lukeriia Kosheleva is welcoming her fellow villager at the yard of her homestead in the village Nova Sloboda, Slobozhanshchyna. Horiun people are native inhabitants of Putyvl district, sub ethnic group that formed in this region back in the 16th century. The 10th of September, 2018. Photo: Artem Galkin.
The last 16th region of the expedition was Halychyna. The concentration of stories and locations in this region was probably the highest. It was really hard to pick personalities for our stories among all those amazing people of Halychyna.
The view on Lviv State Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet and Svobody Avenue, the central street of Lviv from a bird’s-eye view. The 3rd of August, 2018. Photo: Pavlo Pashko.
Olesk Castle. Nowadays it hosts the department of Lviv art gallery. The 19th of September, 2018. Photo: Pavlo Pashko.
The view on Olesk castle at the sunset. It is the oldest castle of Halychyna. The architectural monument of the 13th-18th century. The location of the castle on the border of Lithuania and Poland granted continuous struggle for the ownership of the place and frequent change of owners. The first time it was mentioned in historical sources back in 1327.
Olesk caste is famous in Polish history as a place where a grandson of Jan Daniłowicz, the future king of Poland John III Sobieski, was born in 1629. During his reign the castle got a status of royal residence. During the times of soviet union, it was turned into a camp for captive soldiers and military warehouse. Only at the 70s of the last century, the active renovation works started in Olesk castle.
The lyrist and sculptor Hordii Starukh is playing lyra in his workshop in Lviv. The 20th September, 2018. Photo: Alina Rudya.
Read a story about Hordii Starukh on Ukraїner site (now available in Ukrainian).
A bear in a shelter “Domazhyr”. The bear shelter opened in October 2017 near the village Domazhyr, 15 km from Lviv, Halychyna. The 20th of September, 2018. Photo: Alina Rudya.
The bear shelter is a rehab centre that aims at helping and rescuing bears from training hunting centers, mobile zoos, circuses, hotels, and restaurants. Read more in our story about Domazhyr (now available in Ukrainian), that has been already released.
A resident of the social adjustment center for homeless people “Emanus-Oselia” in Vynnyky, Lviv region, is catching a few rays. The 21st of September, 2018. Photo: Alina Rudya.
The folk craftswoman Dariia Alioshkina, reviving the ancient craft of vytynanka (papercutting) is posing with her vytynanka works on the background. Lviv, the 23rd of September, 2018. Photo: Alina Rudya.
The soviet times sculpture on the yard of Lviv experimental ceramic-sculpture factory. The 25th of September, 2018. Photo: Alina Rudya.
A horse is grazing on the eco-farm near the village Ploska, Lviv region, created by an enthusiast Taras Sukhodolskyi. The 27th of September, 2018. Photo: Artem Galkin.
The Nativity of the Most Holy Mother of God church is an active Roman Catholic place of worship in the town of Stryi, Halychyna. The 1st of October, 2018. Photo: Pavlo Pashko.
It was built in 1425. The church suffered from numerous fires and underwent a lot of reconstructions. It is an interesting fact that the church was functional during soviet union times and preserved its interior decorations and even the wooden benches. On the edge of the 15th and 16th centuries, a pipe organ appeared in the church. The first record about it appeared in 1620.
The members of the initiative “Frankivsk that has to be preserved” that is involved in the restoration of authentic doors of the city are demonstrating their workshop to the journalists of Ukraїner project. The 4th of October, 2018. Photo: Khrystyna Kulakovska.
The sunset over the mountain Parashka (Paraska), the highest mountain top of the same-name mountain range in the Skole Beskydy in the Carpathians. The height of the mountain is 1268,5 metres above the sea level. The 6th of October, 2018. Photo: Khrystyna Kulakovska.
The craftsmen are making a sculpture of Jesus Christ in the guild of Lviv ceramic factory.The 8th of October, 2018. Photo: Kateryna Akvarelna.
Valerii Didorak from Kolomyia, Halychyna. The 9th of October, 2018. Photo: Kateryna Akvarelna.
Valerii has been creating huge primeval reptiles. He learned about their looks from books and the Internet. When there was a lack of information about some part of their body, he used his own intuition.
People are walking across the Theater Square in Ternopil. The 12th of October, 2018. Photo: Pavlo Pashko.
The model is posing in Borshchiv style vyshyvanka (traditional embroidered shirt) from the collection of Vira Markovska, the owner of the biggest collection of Borshchiv style embroidered shirts. The collection consists of over 1500 garments. The 12th of October, 2018. Photo: Kateryna Akvarelna.
Borshchiv style vyshyvanka is easily recognizable: it has contrast patterns that contain a lot of black thread.
A Swiss woman Cristina Lieberherr is holding crates for collecting the Carpathian herbs in her hands. The 13th of October, 2018. Photo: Kateryna Akvarelna.
Together with other three women, Cristina has founded an enterprise of herbal tea production “Prypravy z Potutor“. The beds where grows majority of herbs as well as dryer and premises for processing are located on the territory of the farm. Other herbs are collected in the fields of the enterprise or in the wild around Potutory in ecologically clean locations.
A flock of birds flying in the sky not far from Buchach. The 10th of October, 2018. Photo: Kateryna Akvarelna.
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