I’ve been riding the Metro here to get to the training location, which is around a half hour’s drive away from the hotel. In some ways it’s the same as any rushhour travel on public transport – hot, crowded, claustophobic. But the beauty of the Kyiv subway makes it worthwhile.

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I was surprised to read that the network was built in the 70s, 80s and 90s. To me, the marble lined stations, brass advertisement boards and elegrant chandeliers have art deco echoes.

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The two lines I travel on are among the deepest subway lines in Europe. They also include some of the city’s main stations – and as such, as are even more decorative. At Kreshchatyk station, these decorative tiles grace the platforms.

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While Voksalna station is lined with these huge brass plaques, which depict scenes from the past, in a truly Soviet style.

Kyiv is in a debate with itself about decommunising the city. There are discussions about removing statues and buildings associated with the Soviet union – and consequently the statue of Lenin in the city centre has long gone. Ukraine removed all statues of Lenin in 2017, and now street name changes are being considered. But could that de-communisation mean changes to the Metro? I hope not.

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