If you have watched the news lately and had seen some coverage of Ukraine, you probably have seen some armed men. Most of those, I think, come from the Donetsk region. The "capital" of this area is the city of Donetsk - a city of almost one million people. The main theme of the region might be called coal mining - Donetsk itself hosts the main offices and the coal mines of the region give work to
thousands of people involved in this business. They have an official symbol for Donetsk - the figure of a coal miner, and the local football club was called "Coal-miner". And now, a set of pictures from Donetsk taken in 1962. A totally different time, Donetsk is already a center for coal mining in Ukraine and an important supplier of coal for the whole of the Soviet Union.
Ok, speaking about cold river kayaking, here we find a set of Soviet era photos of people traveling around. In the USSR a person, as a rule, couldn't travel abroad so most of population travelled inside the country. The country had
different places to offer - people could climb mountains, kayak and raft in rivers, ride skis or simply go camping. All this can be seen in these widescreen, mostly color, photos of Soviet tourism.
"Dead City", "scary place where will be never more people", "the city where it is better not to stay for a night " - the most often spoken characteristics of Pripyat. Most of the photo-stories about Pripyat are filled with these phrases. After similar stories a tourist who visited the city will sit in a bus thinking what an awful
place he has just visited. But this photos will tell you about another Pripyat, good and beautiful. It was a city for young people, and this atmosphere has remained there forever. It will be in Pripyat until its last day, until the last building collapses and the city finally turns back into forest.