Pinsteps. The first model of the Soviet Zaporozhets car, nicknamed "Hunchback"
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The first model of the Soviet Zaporozhets car, nicknamed "Hunchback" ("горбатый" in Russian), was the ZAZ-965. Produced by the Zaporizhia Automobile Building Plant (ZAZ) in the Soviet Union, the ZAZ-965 was manufactured from 1960 to 1969. The car was designed as an affordable, compact vehicle for the Soviet working class, providing them with personal transportation.

A rear-mounted, air-cooled, 23-horsepower V4 engine powered the ZAZ-965. It featured a rear-wheel drive system and a distinctive rounded, hunchbacked shape that gave it its nickname. The car was relatively small, measuring approximately 3.4 meters (11.15 feet) in length and 1.4 meters (4.59 feet) in width.

While the Zaporozhets was not known for its speed or luxury, it was appreciated for its simplicity, low cost, and ability to handle rough road conditions. Over time, the Zaporozhets became a symbol of the Soviet automotive industry and an iconic vehicle in its own right. The ZAZ-965 was succeeded by the ZAZ-966, which featured a more powerful engine and improved design but retained the distinctive hunchback shape.

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Winter walk in Kyiv of Dec 15, 2018

Winter in the Shevchenkivskyi district of Kyiv is a beautiful sight. When the trees are covered in snow, the streets look incredibly cosy and charming. Many cafes and restaurants in the area are decorated in winter themes with garlands and Christmas decorations, creating a festive and relaxed atmosphere.

The Shevchenkivskyi district in Kyiv is named after the great Ukrainian poet, writer, translator, and public figure Taras Shevchenko. Taras Shevchenko was born in 1814 in the village of Moryntsi near Kyiv.

The Shevchenkivskyi district in Kyiv was formed due to an administrative and territorial reform of the city in 1939. When it was created, the district's territory was part of other historic districts in the town that had changed over time. For example, the Bessarabka district was founded in the 1830s, and the Lukyanivka district was founded in the 1860s.

Before the formation of the Shevchenkivskyi district, the territory of Kyiv that now comprises the district had various names, depending on the area. For example, the part of the district near the Universitat metro station was called Kudryavets. In contrast, the part where the Pechersk Residential Complex is located is known as the Botanical Garden.

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