The Dniester in Sokyriany District
The Dniester basin stretches through the South-Eastern part of Ukraine and the Eastern part of Moldova covering a considerable part of the territories of seven Ukraine’s Oblasts (Lviv, Ivano-Frankivsk, Chernivtsi, Ternopil, Khmelnytskiy, Vinnytsya and Odessa) and the greatest part (59%) of the Republic of Moldova. The territory of the Dniester basin includes 69 cities and towns and 127 settlements of which 62 cities and towns and 95 settlements are in Ukraine's territory.
The head and the outflow of the Dniester are in Ukraine. 225km of the river serve as the border between Ukraine and Moldova and its 475km-long piece is in the Moldova's territory.
The Dniester's head is near Ukraine’s border with Poland on a Carpathian slope (Rozluch mountain in Lviv Oblast). The true altitude of the head is 760m. The first several kilometers of the river are a little stream wimpling through the forest. Near the Strilky waterfalls (the first one on the river) it becomes a considerable flow, 10-15m wide and 0.5m deep. Below Stariy Sambir town, the Dniester leaves the mountain area and gains the features of a semi-mountain river. The bed width increases up to 30m and the depth becomes 0.8-1m.
The total length of the Dniester is 1352km, 912km (67%) of which are within Ukrainian borders. The river flows into the 40km-long and 12km-wide Dniester estuary. The catchment basin area makes 72900km2, 53490km2 or 73% of which are located in Ukraine. This is the second river in terms of water content with the catchment area totalling 9% from the whole territory of Ukraine. The average slope is 56cm/km.
The Dniester canyon on the border of Khreshchatyk village (Chernivtsi Oblast) and Zalishchyky (Ternopil Oblast)
A train passing through the Zalishchyky railway bridge
Ice-covered Dniester in the winter
Another view of Zalishchyky from Khreshchatyk
Dniester's right bank
Twilight on the Dniester
The Dniester as seen from Khotyn fortress
...and the fortress as seen from the Dniester
Mayak yacht club in the bay near Dnistrivka village
Kayaking on the Dniester
Near Korman village
A tourist base in Lomachyntsi
Water entertainment on the Dnistrovske reservoir
Galytsya Cave Monastery on the Dniester's right bank as seen from the river
A general view for proper feelings :)
The beach below the monastery
After several kilometers, in Novodnistrovsk, the river dives into the Dnistrovska Hydro Power Plant
And flows out of it roaring loudly