To many, Ukraine may seem an unlikely travel destination. The country is still trying to climb out of the devastation caused by civil warfare during Stalin’s rule, which left 1.5 million people dead and hundreds of thousands homeless or starving.

But others know that the Ukraine is a country filled with hospitable people, ancient monasteries, and royal fortresses.

If you’re interested in exploring the macabre, head to Pripyat…a town deserted during the Chernobyl disaster. Or maybe you want to experience Kiev on the cheap. Whatever the case, read on.

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