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Introducing Dnipropetrovsk

With its portly 19th-century houses, trams trundling along leafy boulevards and beautiful river vistas, Dnipropetrovsk has the potential to become an attractive city. But unfortunately its fathers (and godfathers) are too preoccupied with opening new boutiques and shopping emporiums, while heritage buildings are crumbling away and whole blocks are bulldozed, giving way to yet another glassy rectangle. A major centre of space and aviation industry, Dnipropetrovsk became a springboard for such political heavyweights as ex-president Leonid Kuchma and Orange Revolution leader Yulia Tymoshenko. The city also has a strong Jewish heritage and boasts the best museum of Jewish history in Ukraine.