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Lava, Snow, and Flying Side Kicks: What’s New in Russia and Ukraine

27. March 2013 by Dasha 0 Comments

Can’t keep up with all the Russian and Ukrainian news? Here a few interesting stories from the FSU. We’ve got volcano tourism, millions of gallons of snow, travel news, and a shocking moment in Ukrainian football.


Tourists Flock to Erupting Volcano in Eastern Russia

Russia’s Plosky Tolbachik began spewing lava in November, and now tourists are flocking to the site to snap photos and marvel in the wonder of nature. Over 40 miles from the nearest town, Plosky Tolbachik is on Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula.  

“This was my first time actually seeing the eruption and lava so close,” guide Denis Budkov told Caters News. “I was completely overwhelmed. I'd never been that close to the crater before and I've never seen a fountain of lava like that. It was unforgettable.”

Check out amazing photos of the Plosky Tolbachik eruption here


Russia Storing Snow for Sochi Olympic Games 

The Winter Olympic Games may be months away, but the city of Sochi isn’t taking any chances. Sochi officials are storing over 118 million gallons of snow in case warm weather affects snow at the 2014 Winter Games. Though areas of Russia and Ukraine have been buried in snow this winter, Sochi is experiencing a shortage and wants to be prepared in case next year brings the same unusual weather. Yahoo! News reports that a “special thermo seal” will keep the snow from melting. 


Wizz Air Ukraine to Expand Routes

Thanks to the fall of AeroSvit, Wizz Air Ukraine has grown a lot in recent months. Now the airline has announced it will add three new routes: Kiev to Vilnius, Lithuania; Kiev to Sofia, Bulgaria; and Donetsk to Dortmund, Germany. The new routes will go in effect the first week of July. UT-air Ukraine will also add a Kiev to Vilnius route. 


Crimea to Open 24 New Tourist Offices

National Geographic recently named Crimea one of the world’s top 20 travel destinations. Now, officials plan to spread the word through a host of new tourist offices. The Kyiv Post reports that The Crimean Resorts and Tourism Ministry plans to 24 offices in the next year and a half. Planning a trip yourself? Here are 15 lovely ladies from the Autonomous Republic of Crimea.


Ukraine’s Taras Stepanenko Delivers Flying Kick to the Head

Ukraine may have won their match against Moldova, putting the team one step closer to qualifying for the 2014 World Cup, however Taras Stepanenko’s kick to an opposing player’s head is what’s getting all the buzz. Check out the shocking video below. Some people insist the kick was an accident, while others say no way. What do you think?