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There are several caves in Bukovyna, mostly in Zastavna and Novoselytsia Districts. Some of them are of karstic origin, others have crystals on their walls. Although most Bukovynian caves have open access, it is always recommended to have an experienced guide visiting them. And Popelyushka ("Cinderella") cave, as it is located on the border between Ukraine and Moldova, requires special permits only being accessible together with professional speleologists.
The Popelyushka (literary "Cinderella”) cave was discovered in March 1977 by Chernivtsi speleologists headed V.P.Korzhik; the greater part of the cave is located under the Ukrainian territory, however, the official entrance is in Moldova, just a hundred meters from the Ukrainian border; the cave is full of gypsum and has a wide labyrinth. The atmosphere features high CO2 concentration reaching 2-4% in some galleries.
Pionerka is a four-storied cave the upper level of which has two high floors. The cave entrance is a powerful grotto at a sinkhole gill. The length of the cave labyrinths is 530m and there are promising perspectives for future explorations. The width of the lower gallery is 3-4m, the height is 1-6m. The dimensions of other galleries are much smaller. The lower gallery features low air temperature through the whole year.
The Bykovynka cave is located 1.5km South-West of Stalnivtsi village, Novoselytsia District, Chernivtsi Oblast. It was discovered in 1976 in the wall of an abandoned plaster quarry explored by Chernivtsi speleologists. Today there are two caves, Bukovynka-1 and Bukovynka-2. These caves have separate entrances, own passages but have hydrodynamic connection as they rest in the same sinkhole mass.
The entrance to the Balamutivska cave is in the upper part of the right slope of the Dniester valley. It’s quite a large grotto the with fairly impressive dimensions, 20m wide, 15m long and 10m high. The cave itself is low and not too wide. The gallery height is about 1-1.5m and the width ranges between 1 and 2 meters. The cave is longer than 200m. The grotto bottom is full of plaster lumps. In the course of archaeological research, petroglyphic drawings from the Mesolithic period (10-12 thousand years B.C.) were discovered but, unfortunately, their condition was too far from the best.