In Nesterivka we dropped in to met Andre Tzimbal and his wife Maroussia. They've been married for 50 years and have a little cottage. Maroussia busied herself with feeding us bread and letting us sample their homemade spirit.
Andre proudly showed us his Soviet era awards. It was a little step back in time to see photographs of him wearing a chest full of medals. A humble man, he often talked about only having a limited education and was genuinely proud of his achievements.
He showed us his Order of Lenin for his agriculture work. It was a whirlwind tour and toasting in their living room but I think all of us would have liked to have spent more time with them to understand how Ukraine has changed.
As pensioners they receive about US $50 a month.
Later on the banks on the Tzum artifical lake we were treated to delicious barbeque shashlyky - our third feast of the day. Andre here got up and said a few words and Bjorn presented him with a bottle of brandy.