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  • WWII German POW Cemetery
    WWII German POW Cemetery
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  • WWII German POW Cemetery
    WWII German POW Cemetery
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  • Italian plaque - WWII German POW Cemetery
    Italian plaque - WWII German POW...
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    WWII German POW Cemetery

    by vichatherly Updated Oct 7, 2013

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    "WWII German POW Cemetery" Donets'k Off The Beaten Path Tip by vichatherly

    In September 2003, the remains of 1750 German prisoners of war, buried in the Donetsk region in the period from 1943 to 1956, were reburied here.

    It is in Kirovsk area of Donetsk, in mine settlement "Lidievka".

    We took a taxi from the city centre and it took us a while to find the place, as it's really just a muddy field.

    The cemetery was part of the project "Reconciliation and Agreement in the XXIst century".

    The cemetery was built for the reburial of the remains of German, Rumanian, Austrian, Hungarian and other prisoners of war (including even Japanese, who were working on the construction of mines of Donbass)

    Donetsk city authorities approved the idea; however, because of the difficulties with the financing and differences in the national traditions (Italians, for example, usually repatriate the remains of its soldiers). No action was taken to start building the site.

    It was only when the German People Union (Volksbund) got involved that things started to happen.

    The cemetery was built by the Germans together with the welfare fund "Obelisk".

    In 2008 there was a plaque added naming the Italians that had been repatriated.

    A quiet solemn place.

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    Smallest Police Station

    by Roadquill Written Dec 10, 2012

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    On our road trip from Kiev to Donets'k we stopped for a late breakfast someplace in the middle of nowhere, complete with faux Ukrainian farm restaurant and a motel with a castle facade. However, in front bolding defending the frontier was the local police station. It begged the question....where is the jail?

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    The Central Park

    by hunterV Updated Aug 22, 2012

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    The city pond
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    The Central Park is located behind the city pond and is called Shcherbakov Park.
    It was dedicated in 1932 and is the oldest and the biggest city park.
    The reconstruction was completed by the summer of 2008.

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    Construction Sites Wherever You Go

    by hunterV Updated Aug 21, 2012

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    The new Olympic stadium (rear side view)
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    Within the last five years the city has been changing its image for the better.
    New shopping malls, cafes and restaurants, hotels and churches are being built and refurbished, which makes the locals we've met feel proud of their city.
    The construction of the new Olympic stadium for the 2012 European Soccer Championsip took a couple of years.
    The stadium is called Donbass Arena.
    It was dedicated in the summer of 2009.
    It is now one of the biggest in Europe.

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