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Waterway

Dissecting Kyiv is the forth largest river in Europe. After the Volga, the Danube and the Ural comes the mighty Dnipro. Rising in the Valdai Hills near Smolensk in Russia, it follows a path through the marshes of Belarus and the forests and steppes of Ukraine, before emptying into the Black Sea east of Odesa. 

The Varangians, also known as the Vikings, sailed along the Dnipro on route towards Byzantium (later Constantinople, now Istanbul) as early as the 800s, assimilated with the Eastern Slavic tribes living along its banks and founded settlements along the way. Kyiv came to be the most famous of these settlements, and became the main city of the Kievan Rus' principalities.

 

Some 1200 years later, the Dnipro remains of vital importance to Kyiv, providing ample space for recreation and down time in this large metropolis. Two islands, Hydropark and Trukhaniv, offer locals the chance to stay fit and enjoy the summer sun with a number of beaches and activity parks that offer kayaking, canoeing, zip-lining, bungee jumping and waterslides. Many locals also take to the riverbanks to fish.

'Waterway' is a study of modern life along Kyiv's ancient and infamous river.