The capital Kiev was given Hero City status by the Soviet Union following its resistance to the Nazis in the Battle of Kiev in 1941. The Germans encircled the city in July of 1941, eventually capturing it in September and taking more than 600,000 soldiers captive. Despite the battle being seen as a huge victory for Hitler, the city was rewarded for its defence with the title of Hero City in 1965.
Modern day Kiev for me still feels quite Eastern in the main but in the many bars and cafes is beginning to feel much more like many European Cities. The food is amazing and the metro allows you to easily and very cheaply visit the
many different areas. The people were very welcoming and at no point do you feel unsafe in the city.
As usual my photographs are representative of a stroll around the city and it's life.