DPR: Donetsk – Donetsk Arena & Liberators Monument

Just outside the center of Donetsk is a near-spanking-new (but damaged in fighting by mortar fire on multiple occasions in 2014) football arena and former home of FC Shakhtar team (now playing out of Kharkiv). In 2012, the EuroCup played out here. The stadium is being slowly restored. Next to the arena is the Komsomol Park and the massive Liberators of Donbass Monument commemorating all the military units that took part in the liberation of Donbass in WWII (a classic Soviet brutalist architecture of muscular figures with sharp edges and grim faces). The monument depicts a soldier and a miner. And finally next to the monument is a collection of WWII military equipment – tanks, cannons, various vehicles.