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Ukraine Warnings and Dangers: 46 reviews and 75 photos

1 of the first things a westerner will notice after crossing the border into Ukraine, are that the poles bearing telegraph & electricity cables are only about half the height of those throughout western Europe. An interesting feature of which, are the nests of storks, built at the top of the pole...
In the cities, power cables are strewn between buildings at only head height, partly due to the fact that the shanty town constructions inside courtyards, are only ground floor dwellings. The weight of icicles that accumulates on these cables in harsh winters, stretches them further towards ground level, so using pavements, especially at night, there is a danger of brushing into these live connections.
Unsurprisingly, power cuts are frustratingly common in 0dessa, at all times of year, but when the ice starts forming, cables are brought down completely, exacerabating an already annoying problem. Petrol generators are often to be seen on the streets, powering afflicted local businesses, & residential blocks have their own diesel generators, the problem with which is that the person responsible for the building has to be available to turn it on...
This can take half an hour or more, & then the generator seems to be fuelled only to work for half an hour before cutting out, so keeping a supply of candles & a lighter handy in the dark half of the year, is an essential precaution...

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  • Written Mar 24, 2011
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