Walking from Barnsley restaurant to the bus stop in Victory Avenue I saw this nice place with a sculpture and benches.
I called it Indian Corner because the sculpture reminded me of the Emblem of India, although the coat-of-arms of India contains four lions and this one only has three of them.
The old city park is called Gorky Park, exactly like the big and famous park in Moscow.
It is located far from all the main modern attractions of the city and is not frequented as much as the Promenade.
I can understand that.
The park is really far from all apartment houses. It is very large and looks like a forest.
It was dedicated in 1932 and is the oldest park in the city.
Its territory is really huge: about 60 hectares.
There are a lot of trees:
oaks, chestnut-trees, ash-trees, birch-trees.
They say some oaks are over 100 years old.
When we were students, we did not frequent this parkб and not only because we were very busy with our homework. This park had a very bad fame after a lady got stabbed here... So instead of taking my female friend to this park, I would take her to the movie theater and then to a cafe or to Heroes Park.
Now children visit this park only with grownups or with their educators as a field trip.
Children enjoy riding the roller coaster and merry-go-rounds, drop in at the shooting gallery and take a walk along its numerous lanes.
This park is very special and strange at the same time.
There are no benches here and it is only visited by "transit passengers" who head for the bus terminal and back.
There is a hill with a tank memorial on its top.
The tank is the famous Soviet T-34.
The inscription below the tank reads,
Unknown soldiers of the Soviet Army
who fell in the battles for liberation of Horlivka
from Nazi invaders
in September 1943
Eternal glory to the heroes
who fell in the struggle
for freedom and independence
of our Motherland!
As far as I can see it's a common grave of Soviet soldiers.
Now I understand why there are no benches here.
We all have to honor the memory of the fallen soldiers and remain standing rather than sit on a bench and drink beer.
Horlivka was occupied by the Nazis on October 29, 1941.
It was liberated by the Soviet Army on September 5, 1943.
About 25,000 city residents were tortured to death, executed or deported to forced labor in Germany during the dark days of the Nazi occupation.
Twenty-two residents of the city became Heroes of the Soviet Union.
Now there are fifty-nine war memorials in Horlivka, among them - 25 common graves of Soviet soldiers.
You can see dozens of memorial plaques in different parts of the city.
Here are some of them:
The memorial plaque with the names of twenty-three war heroes - three Soviet soldiers, four NCOs and sixteen officers (among them one Soviet cosmonaut, A.Volkov, from Horlivka) - who were awarded with the highest military decoration - the title of the Hero of the Soviet Union
Here is the list of the Heroes of the Soviet Union who were born and lived in Horlivka:
Captain Lieutenan I.Ivanov
Lieutenant Colonel V.Igtatyev
Colonel Engineer V.Molozev
Senior Sergeant V.Petrenko
Senior Lieutenant A.Rulev
Master Sergeant D.Tarassov
Private 1st Class F.Chernikov
14 Victory Avenue
This building housed the HQ of the 11th Air Force Squadron of the 22nd long-range aircraft division in September - December 1943 after the city had been liberated from the Nazi invaders.
The trees were planted by the veterans of the 11th Air Force Squadron of the 22nd long-range aircraft division on April 19, 1985
He was the director of the chemical factory in Horlivka in 1966-1971 and later became the Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Fertilizers of the USSR (1981-1989)
This memorial plaque is over the entrance to "Shakhtar" movie theater at 22 Lenin Avenue.
V.Rogach was the city mayor and the initiator of the overhaul of "Shakhtar" movie theater in 2000.
There are not too many graffitis in Horlivka.
I mean you have to be very attentive to see some of them.
You can see some of them downtown like the one I saw on an old building to the left of the sidewalk leading to the main entrance to the old city park.
Graffitis are mostly uptown, on neglected buildings and on concrete fences.