Traditional Russian and Ukrainian Life

Despite the recent military conflict between Kyiv and Kremlin-backed separatists in the Donbas region, there are certain striking similarities between Russia and Ukraine.  Take, for example, traditional rural life.  In the Russian city of Novgorod, visitors may see a recreation of a traditional rural town.

Interior of a traditional rural Russian house.

To the outside observer, Pyrohovo Museum of Folk architecture, located outside Kyiv, bears a striking resemblance to the village in Novgorod.  Like its Russian counterpart, Pyrohovo also displays rural houses and traditional village life.

Traditional thatched gate.

At Kyiv’s Ukrainian History Museum, these folkloric themes are revisited.

Folkloric hats.

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