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The answer is of course Zaporizhia, a city of three quarters of a million people on the banks of the Dnieper in eastern Ukraine.

Entering the city from the north you drive across the impressive hydro-electric power station, completed in the early 1930s to provide power to new aluminium and steel plants. Overlooking the dam is a statue of Lenin inscribed with the famous words “Communism is Soviet power plus electrification”.

Ivisited Zaporizhia to attend a ceremony at the National Technical University to mark the 10-year anniversary of co-operation with the British company Delcam in Ukraine. I’ve blogged about Delcam several times before: they run a pioneering computer-aided design competition and encourage universities to use their product by providing free software worth thousands of pounds to institutions across Ukraine.

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