Eighty Years Ago

Soviet cavalry on parade in Lviv, after the city's surrender to the Red Army during 1939 Soviet invasion of Poland The city, then known as Lwów, was annexed by the Soviet Union and toda

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This image is taken from Soviet footage in the city of Lviv, made on the 28th of September, 1939. The communists parade through the streets following a successful invasion. Lviv, in Ukraine, changed from Polish to Russian governance at this time.

Control of western Ukraine changed hands a number of times during the Second World War. It was the site of the beginning of the Nazi Germany’s Operation Barbarossa, the invasion of the Soviet Union.

1940 Soviet stamps celebrating the 1939 “liberation” of Ukrainian and Belarusian people from the Polish regime.

At the end of the war, world leaders including British Prime Minister Winston Churchill were responsible for the region falling behind the so-called Iron Curtain, trapping ethnic Ukrainians in the USSR.

Today, Lviv is one of Ukraine’s most patriotic cities.

Christmas Eve and Koliada

Today is Christmas Eve by the old calendar, and is still celebrated by millions of people around the world, especially in Eastern Europe.

The 6th of January is also the date of the beginning of Koliada, an ancient Slavic winter festival that predates Christianity. The festival is now incorporated into Christmas festivities.

Koliada in the Mogilev region of Belarus at Christmastime in 1903.

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Калядоўшчыкi_Горацкага_павета_,_Магілёўская_губерня,_1903гKoliada in the Mogilev region of Belarus at Christmastime in 1903. X

The festival in Lviv, Ukraine.

Парад_вуличних_вертепів_у_Львові,_початок_2010-х Winter Koliada and Ukrainian Christmas in Lviv Ukraine

On this day: the deadliest air show disaster in history.

The worst air show disaster in history occurred in Lviv, Ukraine on the 27th of July, 2002.

The Sknyliv disaster happened at an event attended by more than 10000 people. 77 people were killed, and 543 injured. It was later said the pilots were given an incorrect flight map that showed the spectators in a different location to where they actually were.

OTD in 2002, the #Sknyliv airshow disaster occurred near Lviv. A Su-27 crashed into the crowd killing 77 incl 23 children. 543 were injured. Ukraine...

OTD in 2002, the #Sknyliv airshow disaster occurred near Lviv. A Su-27 crashed into the crowd killing 77 incl 23 children. 543 were injured. Ukraine.

OTD in 2002, the #Sknyliv airshow disaster occurred near Lviv. A Su-27 crashed into the crowd killing 77 incl 23 children. 543 were injured. Ukraine..

OTD in 2002, the #Sknyliv airshow disaster occurred near Lviv. A Su-27 crashed into the crowd killing 77 incl 23 children. 543 were injured.