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Kiev in Ukraine: pictures from Rodina Mat, Great Patriotic War MuseumIndependence Square and Maidan.

Kiev in Ukraine: Rodina Mat
Kiev in Ukraine: Rodina-Mat.

One of the great-motherland statues created by the Soviet Union, Rodina-Mat is a stainless steel statue that stands over 100 m (330 ft) tall from ground to base. Its imposing position is visible during the car ride from the airport to the Maidan. It is located on the west bank of the Dnipro River and overlooks the east bank of Kiev.

Rodina-Mat is taller than the Statue of Liberty and is part of the Great and Patriotic War Museum. It has two observation decks, one just below the feet and one up in the shield arm. The view from the base is a 360 degree view but the view from the shield is in the opposite direction of the scenery.

Kiev in Ukraine: Great Patriotic War Museum
Kiev in Ukraine: Great Patriotic War Museum.

Dedicated to the Second World War, the Great Patriotic War Museum occupies about 10 ha (more than 24 acres) on the west bank of the Dnipro river. In addition to the Rodina Mat, the Great and Patriotic War Museum features numerous statues and war vehicles from WW2 and the Cold War era.

The most noticeable statues are in the Alley of Hero's featuring large statues memorializing the stand of Russian troops against the German
 and the 1943 Battle of the Dnieper. The statues decorate a fountain, walkway and overlook a large plaza with two tanks that are painted in some unusual design.

Kiev in Ukraine: Independence Square and the Maidan
Kiev in Ukraine: Independence Square - Maidan.                                                                        All pictures above ©

Most of the world became familiar with the  Independence Square and Maidan of kiev in February 2014. The world watched in anticipation as students, fathers, daughters, sons, and policemen squared off in a revolution that changed the face of Ukraine. This area is the heart of Kiev. The statue called the founders of Kiev was decorated with Ukrainian flags and graffiti during the revolution and it became a rallying point for the revolution.



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Kiev in Ukraine: pictures from Rodina Mat, Great Patriotic War Museum, Independence Square and Maidan. Selected pictures from Kiev and Chernobyl.