Sevastopal a very interesting place and also known as Sebastopol, was a Russian city inside the Ukrainian border and a historical port on the Black Sea. In the 20th century it was the home port of the Soviet Navy’s Black Sea Fleet. After the break-up of the Soviet Union the city became part of Ukraine. Both Russian & Ukrainian fleets were based in the city. The population is largely ethnically Russian and the population’s sympathies still lie largely with Moscow rather than Kiev.
We went to the Panorama Museum in the morning and then to look out point which had a wonderful view of the Golden Valley.
Balaclava is a former city in the Crimean Peninsula and part of Sevastopal. It was a city in its own right until 1957 when the Soviet government incorporated it into the municipal borders of Sevastopol.
Here we visited a formerly classified submarine base that was in operation until after collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 until the decommissioning process 1993. During that time Balaklava was one of the most secret areas in the Soviet Union and considered to be designed to survive even a direct atomic impact.