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Linden Alley in Peoples' Friendship Boulevard

Linden Alley in Peoples' Friendship Boulevard

The quarantine was introduced on March 12, 2020 in our country, but later it was extended until April 24. As coronavirus continued to spread in the country, the Government made a resolution on the extension of the quarantine until May 11. According to top officials, Ukraine will have to live in a quarantine of varying degrees of severity for the next two years. Depending on the epidemic situation, the government will introduce this or that mode of restrictions. Many things depend on how consciously the Ukrainians react to quarantine measures. Judging by the latest events in churches, the news can be even more discouraging. Orthodox Easter was celebrated on April 19. Over a hundred thousand parishioners throughout Ukraine stormed churches and cathedrals despite all the strict quarantine bans. Who knows what it may led to. In short, Ukraine has not reached the peak incidence yet…

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Our apartment plants make us happy every day
Eden Restaurant has been closed for over a month

Eden Restaurant has been closed for over a month


Our favorite tree in front of Eden Restaurant

Our favorite tree in front of Eden Restaurant


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A view from our bedroom window...Our favorite trees in front of Eden Restaurant
Eden Restaurant entrance sign

Eden Restaurant entrance sign


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Bas-reliefs of Adam and Eve, Eden Restaurant
Between Adam and Eve, Eden Restaurant

Between Adam and Eve, Eden Restaurant


You will hardly find any other place in the city and throughout Ukraine, where you can stand between Adam and Eve...

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The notorious Decree # 211 of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine states that citizens should be wearing a mask or a respirator in all public places (entrances, stadiums, parks, squares, playgrounds, public transport stops, elevators, government agencies, medical facilities, institutions and so on). Therefore, we can find ourselves in an area covered by the definition of "public place" at any time.
We can only move along the street in two. We are supposed to have our IDs always. Every time we go outside, we have to bring our IDs, even if we run out to take out the trash. Probably, this rule was introduced for the convenience of the police. But, of course, we realize that it is not necessary to aggravate the situation when we meet the police without our IDs, because it is much easier to show your ID than to speak out to police officers and to provoke them to act aggressively.

Walking along our boulevard

Walking along our boulevard


A tulip flowerbed

A tulip flowerbed


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People over 60 should still be at home. The authorities think these people are at high risk and therefore need self-isolation, although I would say the virus does not ask the person about his or her age and attacks without thinking.
Nevertheless, all our elderly neighbors regularly go shopping to the nearest store. They wear a protective mask and walk away from home no more than two kilometers. Their IDs will allow the police to check whether they violated the allowed distance of two kilometers from the designated place of self-isolation.
The good news about the ten millions of Ukrainian pensioners is that they have received a lump sum payment of UAH 1,000 - those pensioners whose pension does not exceed 5,000 UAH. The funds were accrued by the Pension Fund automatically, without appeals from citizens.

During our Easter Liturgy via Zoom, April 19

During our Easter Liturgy via Zoom, April 19

The government did not close churches during the quarantine period. However, all public and religious events are prohibited. Authorities are asking people to refrain from visiting the church and to stay at home. The parishioners of our church - the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church in Severodonetsk - had our Easter Liturgy over Zoom video conference call, and it was great.

Our apartment house dating back to 1953

Our apartment house dating back to 1953


Our homemade masterpieces: Easter bread and Easter eggs

Our homemade masterpieces: Easter bread and Easter eggs


We celebrated Orthodox Easter on April 19. My wife baked traditional Easter bread and boiled Easter eggs. Of course, I provided her some feasible help: I cleaned the crushed walnuts and chopped them for sprinkling over Easter buns. Besides, I brought some traditional red church wine for the table and some tulips. Then the parishioners exchanged the photographs of their holiday tables over Viber and Zoom.

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They cut down all the crowns of poplar trees along Peoples' Friendship Boulevard last autumn (on the above picture - left). Those trees had been planted along the boulevard (former Lenin Street) in the fifties of the last century. The city gardeners called that crown removal "rejuvenation of trees program". I am not an expert in gardening, but the tress look ugly now and represent a sad sight. Throughout the world, this cutting is considered barbaric, since it has a detrimental effect on old trees and often leads to their death. Abroad, they resort to such cutting only in extreme cases. In this case, the slices must be processed so that precipitation does not penetrate the trunk and does not destroy the wood. Nothing of the kind here. Local lumberjacks act ruthlessly, do not apply protective paint over the cuts and often destroy healthy trees.
Whenever we walk along the Boulevard, we feel sorry for poor old trees that grow along it. If the poplars survive, the upper part of trunks will subsequently be covered with new young shoots. The main thing is that poplars survive the rejuvenation. If new branches do not grow, then next spring the trees will have to be eliminated…

Birch trees are not numerous, but nice here

Birch trees are not numerous, but nice here


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A view of Peace Square, Severodonetsk

A view of Peace Square, Severodonetsk


Bas-reliefs at the City Council building, Peace Square

Bas-reliefs at the City Council building, Peace Square

Architectural details on the apartment houses dating back to 1955, Peoples' Friendship Boulevard

Architectural details on the apartment houses dating back to 1955, Peoples' Friendship Boulevard


Architectural detail of an old apartment house built in 1953

Architectural detail of an old apartment house built in 1953

I have been working remotely since March 16 and find it acceptable. Once a week I have to go to the office to fulfill this or that office duty that I cannot do remotely.
My wife is taken to her laboratory located in a neighboring city by the service vehicle.

Sauntering along the Boulevard

Sauntering along the Boulevard


Before the strict ban was introduced, we used to visit our old city park. The park is ten minutes’ walk from where we live. We used to walk around the old Park Lake and discover new paths. Now this pleasure can cost us a fine of UAH17,000 – 34,000 ($650 - $1300), which is from four to eight minimum monthly salaries here in Ukraine. No, thanks. We can wait for better times. Thank Goodness, we have never been stopped by the police not only during this quarantine, but also during our entire stay in this city.

The old city park attracts us

The old city park attracts us


A view of Park Lake

A view of Park Lake


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Sauntering in the old park

Sauntering in the old park

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The park is located in the northern part of the city. It was dedicated on June 5, 1937. Its total area is about 35 hectares.
There were a dozen of pavilions in the park in the fifties and sixties of the last century: a restaurant, an open-air theater, a reading library, and others.
In addition, there was a dance floor, attractions, swings, and fountains. The park comprised about 80 hectares.
Unfortunately, the old city park was "removed from allowance", and all the pavilions, monuments and fountains were neglected in the eighties, and then demolished and levelled to the ground in the nineties. Only one building stands in ruins and nobody really knows what it was...
The new city mayor at least managed to prohibit selling the park territory to the "chosen few" who had planned to build their mansions there...

The only remaining ruins of an old park pavilion of the Stalin era

The only remaining ruins of an old park pavilion of the Stalin era


Walking in the old city park

Walking in the old city park


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We go shopping every week. We usually do our shopping at Simya Network, although there is a store in our apartment house itself. Going to the supermarket offers much more pleasure than just a quick shopping at “your own” store.
We have a quiet “near supermarket” located in our street. It is a compact store that occupies a couple of former apartments on the first floor of an old apartment house.
We often go and a very busy and lively “far supermarket” located about two miles away in Central Avenue.
When we are in a walking mood, we walk to the farthest supermarket located about three miles away at the crossing of Guards Avenue and Kurchatov Street. It is called Silpo Supermarket and belongs to another well-known supermarket network in Ukraine.

Peace Square, our apartment house is on the left

Peace Square, our apartment house is on the left


Our near supermarket

Our near supermarket


Our far supermarket

Our far supermarket


Our far supermarket - Simya in Central Avenue

Our far supermarket - Simya in Central Avenue


Shopping at our far supermarket

Shopping at our far supermarket


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Peace Square and Peoples' Friendship Boulevard
The leisure center belongs to a private chemical corporation

The leisure center belongs to a private chemical corporation


Peace Square Leisure Center was dedicated on May 27, 1967.
The sign at the place of Lenin monument

The sign at the place of Lenin monument


I love Severodonetsk  sign at night

I love Severodonetsk sign at night


This sign stands in the place of the former Lenin monument that was demolished on August 23, 2014.
The place turned out to be perfect for such a meaningful sign.
Our nearest café - Old Town Cafe - has been closed for awhile

Our nearest café - Old Town Cafe - has been closed for awhile

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We do not have to be in a hurry when we go shopping in the evening or on weekend. We can always stand and ponder on our way looking around and taking some pictures. We can even deviate from the straight way home and visit Gogol’s Park located on our way home. Of course, I have never taken camera with me for shopping, but now shopping has become another discovery opportunity. Who can be indifferent to the beauty of the spring blossoms? Therefore, I have some pictures to share.

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The public took patronage of Gogol Square. Supported by the local small businesses, volunteers planted dozens of trees, bushes and shrubs here. In addition, dozens of tons of black soil were brought and spread here.

Magnolia in Gogol Park is in blossom

Magnolia in Gogol Park is in blossom

There are two magnolia trees in this park. They must be the only ones in the city since I have never seen others anywhere in Severodonetsk.
There are eight radii of tracks that converge in the center of the paved area. You can relax on benches installed around the circumference.
By the way, here is a short amateur video about spring blossoms in Gogol's Park.

All roads lead to Gogol in this park

All roads lead to Gogol in this park


Love installation in Gogol's Park

Love installation in Gogol's Park

The new installation in Gogol's Park represents a young man and a young lady holding a huge bright flaming heart. The heart is lit at night. If you look closely, you can see the heartbeat.

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Relax in Gogol's Park

Relax in Gogol's Park


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NIckolai Gogol, we are coming

NIckolai Gogol, we are coming


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The monument to Nickolai Gogol turned out to be the city's most precious monument today. Its history dates back to 1957, when the CEO of the chemical enterprise went to an arts casting factory in Mytishchi, Moscow region, Russia, to purchase monuments for city streets. He bought twelve monuments then and brought them to Severodonetsk, among them the unique Gogol monument created by Nickolai Tomsky, a well-known Russian sculptor. That monument had been ordered, but the customer could not provide the necessary sum, and the director from Severodonetsk, who had money to burn, could. First come (with enough money), first served...

The monument to Niockolai Gogol

The monument to Niockolai Gogol

You can see the great writer's figure wrapped in a cloak. The left hand highly supports the edge of the cloak, the folds of which resemble a Roman toga. The right hand slightly raises the hem of the cloak, as if the person wanted to cross the puddle and not to stain the edges of the cloak. The right leg is slightly bent.

Gogol monument

Gogol monument


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The monument has some features of genre and intimacy, presenting Gogol in a lonely meditation. You feel a need for a round walk, during which you can discover the writer’s character. Coming closer to the monument, you see an unusual posture, as if the depicted hero is under the influence of a sudden thought calling for pondering.
We walk around the monument clockwise further and see a hunched sad romantic person.
From the back of the monument, you feel the movement with which the writer casually threw back the drape of his cloak.
In the half-profile, you can see Gogol’s profile, reminiscent of an actor playing the role of Caesar.
As Nickolai Gogol said once,

“It’s boring in this world, gentlemen!.. I will come up with something else: something like a poem ... Years are such that they ask you for every act: why and what for are you doing it? I saw that in my works I laugh for nothing, in vain, without knowing why. If you laugh, it’s better to laugh strongly and at what is really worthy of universal ridicule.”

Nickolai Gogol, the great genius

Nickolai Gogol, the great genius

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Peoples' Friendship Boulevard was called Lenin Street until September 2015, when it became obvious and was clear that the country should do away with the old Communist idols and names. This is where we are privileged to live now.
The Boulevard is only 1.5 mile long. It is the heart of the Old City. We enjoy walking along this old street. Building No.21 belongs to the Ukrainian Drama Theater. The theater was built in 1952 as a city club. It was completely refurbished and brought back to life four years ago.
We saw our favorite sakuras in blossom and other plants. We also approached two busts to great Ukrainian poets in front of the theater: to Ivan Franko (1856-1916) and to Taras Shevchenko (1814-1861).

The Ukrainian Theater, Peoples' Friendship Boulevard

The Ukrainian Theater, Peoples' Friendship Boulevard


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Taras Shevchenko bust and Ivan Franko bust
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Our favorite sakuras in front of the theater
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The entrance ceiling of the Ukrainian Theater

The entrance ceiling of the Ukrainian Theater


The Ukrainian Drama Theater built in 1952

The Ukrainian Drama Theater built in 1952


Graffiti in our boulevard

Graffiti in our boulevard


Approaching our farthest supermarket

Approaching our farthest supermarket

On Saturday we decided to take a look at our far lake - Lake Chiste located about four miles away from where we live. It was our first visit this year. We saw several white swans who often stay there and walked around the lake. The police vehicle was there hunting for people who had no masks on. We were beyond any suspicion since we had our masks on. It was a great three hours' walk!

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Pine forests are nearby and look very inviting...

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Needless to say, humor is stronger than any virus.
Since April Fool's Day was during the quarantine, we heard some new jokes in this respect.
Here are some of them.

  • - Do you also have someone in your family whom you do not feel sorry for and whom you can send to the store?

- Aren't you afraid to die of coronavirus?
- I have a mortgage, they will reanimate me.

  • After staying at home for several days, I realized why the cat constantly asks for food.

- Are you planning to go somewhere this summer?”
- Yes. In June and July, we will be at home. And in August we want to go to the store.

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  • It was the third day of the quarantine. I accidentally talked with my wife. She turned out to be an interesting interlocutor.

/*/ Due to quarantine, new spring clothes are not needed, and it is still too early to buy summer clothes. You do not know your size yet.

  • I want to contact the buckwheat groats producer. We’ve been in quarantine for one week. Why do you have 27,899 grains in one pack, and only 27,712 in the another one? Are you all completely shameless there?

- SHE: Come to my place, dear!
- HE: I can’t, my love. It’s quarantine…
- SHE: But my parents are not at home…
- HE: What? They should be there!

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  • In the city bus.

- Cough-cough-cough (a passenger is coughing).
- Look, you cough, you have coronavirus!
- Calm down! I have an open form of tuberculosis!
- Huh. Thank Goodness.

  • A friend from China told me it was better not to take the COVID-19 coronavirus, because a new version of COVID-20 will be released in September.

City Collegium in Gogol Park

City Collegium in Gogol Park

No angling in Park Lake now

No angling in Park Lake now


Greetings from Ukraine!

The decorative apple-tree, Central Avenue

The decorative apple-tree, Central Avenue

Quarantine is no reason to be sad! Smile and keep well!

Park walks postponed

Park walks postponed

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The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine held an extraordinary meeting on May 4, 2020. As a result, the government members supported the extension of the quarantine in Ukraine until May 22, but with the introduction of easing restrictions. Thus, from May 11, we will be allowed to visit:

  • parks, squares, recreation areas;
  • hairdressers and beauty salons;
  • summer areas of cafes and restaurants located in the open air;
  • wholesale and retail trade in non-food products (except for shopping malls);
  • enterprises of consumer services;
  • museums and libraries;
  • dentistries;
  • offices of lawyers, auditors, and notaries;
  • team sports training for professional teams.

Visiting Lake Chiste in April

Visiting Lake Chiste in April

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Easing of those restrictions belongs to the first stage.
The second stage envisages:

  • resuming all public services, catering (takeaway service), fitness centers, hotels;
  • resuming graduation classes at schools and sports competitions without spectators.

The third stage involves:

  • resuming passenger transportation within the region;
  • reopening of shopping centers and catering establishments.

The fourth stage means:

  • the public transport and the subway will be resumed.

If the internal transmission of the virus is terminated, the restrictions will be completely abolished.
From May 22, quarantine will become mostly adaptive/local, when local authorities will decide on restrictions. We expect the full lockdown (closing of borders) will be removed. However, restrictions will remain in places of outbreaks of coronavirus throughout Ukraine and may continue until the end of 2020. Fingers crossed!

Winter fun at Lake Chister in December

Winter fun at Lake Chister in December


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Lockdown in Ukraine will be reintroduced from January 8 until January 24, 2021. This decision was announced by the Prime Minister on December 9, 2020 during a government meeting. The Government is planning to extend the quarantine, as well as the state of emergency, until February 28, 2021. Of course, the latest quarantine news caused a stormy reaction on the Internet and in mass media.

Nice winter weather, Park Lake, December 2020

Nice winter weather, Park Lake, December 2020


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Many people address the government with only one request, “Leave us alone!” They are quite harsh about such a forced "winter vacation". Thus, the strengthening of quarantine restrictions will apply to:
• restaurants, cafes, bars – they will only provide delivery service and will accept takeaway orders;
• all educational institutions, except for kindergartens, will be on vacation;
• theaters and movie theaters, as well as fitness clubs, gyms, non-food stores, shopping malls (except for trade in food, medicine, personal care products and household chemicals) will be closed;
• entertainment events, as well as cultural festivals will be temporarily banned.

Enjoying our walk around Park Lake in December

Enjoying our walk around Park Lake in December

What is allowed during the lockdown in January:

  • food trade, operation of supermarkets;
  • pharmacies, banks, post offices, and hotels will operate;
  • beauty parlors and hairdressers can operate only by appointment;
  • public transport of all types will carry passengers within the number of seats. The subway will carry passengers without restrictions on the number of seats.
  • domestic flights will be carried out without restrictions. In relation to international flights, it is necessary to find out the quarantine rules in the country to which you plan to fly.

As far as the Ukrainian resorts are concerned, in particular, Truskavets and Skhidnytsia, during the lockdown the operation of establishments selling food, the operation of hotels, spas and health rehabilitation institutions is allowed in compliance with anti-epidemiological norms and restrictions.

Enjoy your walk around Park Lake!

Enjoy your walk around Park Lake!


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