Welcome to Poltava

Quaint, leafy Poltava is all about one particular turning point in history. Had Russian tsar Peter I lost a decisive battle on the town's outskirts in 1709, he wouldn't have become Peter the Great and Ukraine could have celebrated the 300th anniversary of its independence in 2009. But the Russians defeated a joint Swedish and Cossack force, marking the event a century later by rebuilding the city's centre as a mini... Read More

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