Near Bistrytsa river
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Near Bistrytsa river

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A: gas-main

by Vasyl Boklaschuk, 80 meters away

gas-main

B: On the bridge over Bystrytsya river

by Denny A. Ovchar, 240 meters away

On the bridge over Bystrytsya river

C: bridge over Bistritsa river

by Vasyl Boklaschuk, 250 meters away

bridge over Bistritsa river

D: levee of Bistritsa river

by Vasyl Boklaschuk, 450 meters away

levee of Bistritsa river

E:

by Роман Осташ, 570 meters away

F: near r. Bistritsa

by Vasyl Boklaschuk, 610 meters away

near r. Bistritsa

G: school 18

by Vasyl Boklaschuk, 760 meters away

school 18

H: tenements 14, 16, 20

by Vasyl Boklaschuk, 870 meters away

tenements 14, 16, 20

I: Pasichna 20

by Vasyl Boklaschuk, 910 meters away

Pasichna 20

J:

by Роман Осташ, 1.1 km away

This panorama was taken in Ukraine, Europe

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