Today I had to kill a post because because it contained a major mathematical error that could not be corrected. Fortunately – or unfortunately – I am able to substitute for it a post featuring more photographs of poor Ukraine, mostly from before the invasion, and forwarded to me by my dear mother-in-law, Agnes Somlo, who in 1956 with her husband Laszlo became a refugee of an earlier Russian invasion, that of Hungary – which is on the border of Ukraine and is receiving its refugees.
The 50 photos were collected from the internet and a text was added by AAlina Kisina, a Ukrainian-born photographer who lives in the U.K. They are mostly lovely shots of buildings and urban settings in Kyiv and Lviv, although many are located in the countryside.for the website Bored Panda. It is not clear (to me at least) that they are all – or mostly – taken by
The photo atop this blog pictures buildings in 19th-century styles built in the 21st century in the Vozdvyzhenka neighborhood of Kyiv. The text notes that when the shots were taken “back in 2017, they were mostly still unoccupied due to the high price and low demand.” The low demand was certainly the result of the high price. Ukrainians are proud of their beautiful architecture. No doubt, were it not for the invasion, they’d be fully occupied by now. Let us hope that a negotiated settlement of the war – or a victory by the brave defenders – occurs before any (or many) of these photos are rendered valedictory.