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My name is Iren (Irina in russian) and my big family and I have been living for a long time in one of the part of wonderful World - Ukraine.
Ukraine is an undiscovered treasure - a beautiful and fantastic country, where visitors can spend their holidays, get to know the history and culture of the Ukrainian people, visit the churches and monuments of thousand-year-old culture and get a good treatment at a lot of health resorts. Kharkiv and Kiev, Lviv and Ivano-Frankivsk, Odesa and Crimea, Donetsk, Chernivtsi, the Black Sea and the Carpathian Mountains - these are just some of the remarkable places awaiting the tourists and guests.
I was born in Hungary when my father had been a military man and his part was stood on the territory of this surprising country. Later, when I was 5 years old we returned to Ukraine and now we are living in one of the biggest city, first capital of Ukraine - Kharkiv.
Unfortunately very few people know this city. I often meet the strangers, I mean the foreigners in my life and when I talk to them where I live, they look with astonishment and ask where this city is.
I'll tell you a little about Kharkiv. So! Kharkiv is the East part of Ukraine. It is 500 km from Kiev (Kiev is the capital of Ukraine now). Kharkov is the city near the border of Russia (Belgorod) - about 47 km and 755 km from Moscow. The city with the rich history. The city that was one of the main strategic objects in II World War, the city that was destroyed and was built again. You can see the central square of Kharkiv on the foto, which was named of the square of Germany army in occupation time in II World War and the Freedom area now. The Freedom area is the sixth by size in Europe and the twelfth in the world.
Kharkiv is one of the largest city in Ukraine and one of cities which will participate in Euro 2012.
The city was founded in 1654 and was a major center of Ukrainian culture in the Russian Empire. Kharkiv became the first city in Ukraine where the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic was proclaimed in December 1917 and Soviet government was formed. Kharkiv became and remained the capital of the Ukrainian SSR until 1934, when the administrative capital was moved to Kiev. Currently, it is the administrative center of the Kharkiv oblast (province), as well as the administrative center of the surrounding Kharkivskyi Ragion (district) within the oblast. Its population about 1,500,000.
Kharkiv is a major cultural, scientific, educational, transport and industrial center of Ukraine, with 60 scientific institutes, 30 establishments of higher education, 6 museums, 7 theatres and 80 libraries. Its industry specializes primarily in machinery. There are hundreds of industrial companies in the city. Among them are world renown giants like the Morozov Design Bureau and the Malyshev Tank Factory, leaders in tank production since the 1930s; Khartron (aerospace and nuclear electronics); and the Turboatom turbines producer.
There is an underground (subway) with about 38.1 km (24 mi) of track and 29 stations.
Of the many attractions of the Kharkiv city are the: Derzhprom building, Memorial Complex, Freedom Square, Taras Shevchenko Monument, Mirror Stream, Dormition Cathedral, Histrical Museum, Annunciation Cathedral, T. Shevchenko Gardens, Zoo, Children's narrow-gauge railroad, World War I Tank Mk V and many more.
Kharkiv is Ukraine's second-largest city, and as in the whole country sports are taken seriously. The most popular sport is football. The city has several football clubs playing in the Ukrainian National competitions. The most successful is Metalist that also participated in international competitions on numerous occasions. Metalist Stadium will host three group matches at UEFA Euro 2012.
* Metalist Kharkiv, which plays at the Metalist Stadium
* FC Kharkiv, which plays at the Dynamo Stadium
* FC Helios, which plays at the Helios Arena
* FC Arsenal Kharkiv, which plays at the Arsenal-Spartak Stadium (currently participates in regional competitions)
There is also a female football club Zhytlobud-1, which represented Ukraine in the European competitions and constantly is the main contender for the national title. Kharkiv also has a Ice Hockey club, Kharkivski Akuly, which play in the Professional Hockey League.
RC Olimp' is the city's rugby union club. They are recently the strongest in Ukraine and provide many players for the national team.
Igor Rybak, an Olympic champion lightweight weightlifter, is from Kharkiv.
Kharkiv is one of the main cultural centres in Ukraine. It is home of 20 museums, over 10 theaters and a number of picture galleries. Large music and cinema festivals are hosted in Kharkiv almost every year. The Russian language is considered native for 44.3% of the population.
The city of Kharkiv is one of the largest transportation centres in Ukraine, which is connected to numerous cities of the world by air, rail and road traffic. The city has many transportation methods, including: public transport, taxis, railways, and air traffic.
Being an important transportation centre of Ukraine, Kharkiv itself contains many different transportation methods. Kharkiv's Metro is the city's rapid transit system, operating since 1975, it includes three different lines with 29 stations in total. The Kharkiv buses carry about 12 million passengers annually, trolleybuses, tramways (which celebrated 100 years of service in 2006), and marshrutkas (private minibuses).
The first railway connection of Kharkiv was opened in 1869. The first train to arrive in Kharkiv came from the north on 22 May 1869, and on 6 June 1869, traffic was opened on the Kursk–Kharkiv–Azov line. Kharkiv's passenger railway station was reconstructed and expanded in 1901, to be later destroyed in the Second World War. A new railway station was built in 1952.
Kharkiv is connected with all main cities in Ukraine and abroad by regular railway trains. Regional trains known as elektrichkas connect Kharkiv with nearby towns and villages.
Kharkiv is served by an international airport which used to have about 200 flights a day, almost all of them being passenger flights. The Kharkiv International Airport was only recently granted international status. The airport itself is not large and is situated within the city boundaries, south from the city centre. Flights to Kiev and Moscow are scheduled daily. There are regular flights to Vienna and Istanbul, and several other destinations. Charter flights are also available. The former largest carrier of the Kharkiv Airport — Aeromost-Kharkiv — is not serving any regular destinations as of 2007. The Kharkiv North Airport is a factory airfield and was a major production facility for Antonov aircraft company.
YOU WILL BE ABLE TO SEE MORE PICTURES ABOUT KHARKOV IN MY SEPARATE FOLDER.
If you visit the Ukraine of some day you will be able to enjoy some of the finest dishes in Eastern Europe and try Ukranian borsch and varenyky, Chicken a la Kiev, filled pancakes, or delicious Ukrainian brown bread etc.
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