There runs, under Kiev, a vast network of tunnels. Built over a century ago, they provide water drainage for this hilly city and thus protect against landslides. It isn’t entirely illegal to enter them, but neither is it quite legal. It is, as the guide intones before guiding you down through a manhole at the edge of a wood, unlegal.
You’ll leave this gray area and pass on into one entirely black. The tunnels are utterly sunless and dark, but with a little resourceful lighting, they give up their secrets.
Hunched, slouched, and at times on hands and knees, you’ll make your way down tight passageways.
Tunnels branch off in all directions. Some openings may be dead ends; others are too, in their own way.
Next: the exclusion zone.