Residents celebrating the new year —  the festival of Malanka — in Ukraine’s rural Chernivtsi region. During Malanka men dressed as gypsies lead fantastical giant “bears” made of hay. The men walk the streets singing traditional songs, dancing to the music of tambourines and the sounds of gypsies’ maces hitting the ground, demonstrations meant to threaten the bears and make them be obedient.

Residents celebrating the new year — the festival of Malanka — in Ukraine’s rural Chernivtsi region. During Malanka men dressed as gypsies lead fantastical giant “bears” made of hay. The men walk the streets singing traditional songs, dancing to the music of tambourines and the sounds of gypsies’ maces hitting the ground, demonstrations meant to threaten the bears and make them be obedient.

A shepherd observes a corralled flock on a hillside in the Carpathian Mountains. Ukrainian children Vadym, 13, and Angelina, 6, swim in a river near Karpylivka, a village just over a mile from the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone border that was supposed to have been evacuated in 1986.

Left: A shepherd observes a corralled flock on a hillside in the Carpathian Mountains. Right: Ukrainian children Vadym, 13, and Angelina, 6, swim in a river near Karpylivka, a village just over a mile from the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone border that was supposed to have been evacuated in 1986.

Riot police loyal to Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych stand in formation at Kiev’s Maidan Nezalezhnosti (Independence Square) on February 19, 2014. Government forces had seized part of the square from protestors on the previous day.

Riot police loyal to Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych stand in formation at Kiev’s Maidan Nezalezhnosti (Independence Square) on February 19, 2014. Government forces had seized part of the square from protestors on the previous day.

Vasyl Semenyuk, an ethnic Hutsul, walks with his horse in the Ivano-Frankivsk region of Ukraine.

Vasyl Semenyuk, an ethnic Hutsul, walks with his horse in the Ivano-Frankivsk region of Ukraine.

 

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