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.
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.
It current owner Vladyslav Syniahovsky said that Pylypenko, now passed away, had no experience in shipbuilding, and never had formal submarine building training. Instead, he scoured libraries to help himself with his unusual hobby.