More shots of lovely Ukraine

Recently built luxury apartment houses in the Vozdvyzhenka neighborhood of Kyiv. (Bored Panda)

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 Afor the website Bored Panda. It is not clear (to me at least) that they are all – or mostly – taken by Alina 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.

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.

About David Brussat

This blog was begun in 2009 as a feature of the Providence Journal, where I was on the editorial board and wrote a weekly column of architecture criticism for three decades. Architecture Here and There fights the style wars for classical architecture and against modern architecture, no holds barred. History Press asked me to write and in August 2017 published my first book, "Lost Providence." I am now writing my second book. My freelance writing on architecture and other topics addresses issues of design and culture locally and globally. I am a member of the board of the New England chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art, which bestowed an Arthur Ross Award on me in 2002. I work from Providence, R.I., where I live with my wife Victoria, my son Billy and our cat Gato. If you would like to employ my writing and editing to improve your work, please email me at my consultancy,, or call 401.351.0457. Testimonial: "Your work is so wonderful - you now enter my mind and write what I would have written." - Nikos Salingaros, mathematician at the University of Texas, architectural theorist and author of many books.
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