Parked in the back yard of a lifeguard’s house in Kyiv’s southwestern neighborhood of Borshchahivka, the city’s only yellow submarine does not look like the complicated piece of engineering it is.
Tiny and toy-like, it is fully functional and can fit three or four people and carry them under water. Not that there is any around, though. The vessel has been out of water since 2008.
It has a name of its own, Redcrocky (or Redcrocy, as the owner spells it), and a curious destiny.
It was created in Donetsk between 1980 and 1996, by a crane operator at a collective farm. Volodymyr Pylypenko set out sometime in the 1990s to create the submarine with no special equipment or materials. His original name for it was Dolphin, and it wasn’t yellow.