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One of the first shopping malls in Kyiv’s city center, Globus, was built in 2001. It is situated under Maidan Nezalezhnosti, or Independence Square.

Construction came during the heated protests against then-President Leonid Kuchma. With dozens of people living in tents on the square, officials shied away from breaking up the camp.

Instead, they brought excavators to start digging a huge hole, forcing protesters to leave. By chance, the hole eventually became a mall.

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