This travel company wants tourists to visit Ukraine now
Visiting Ukraine now to experience what it's like to live in the middle of a war, see its bombed cities, feel the danger and meet its fighters is not likely to be on anyone's travel wish list.
But six months after Russia invaded the country, causing a wave of death and destruction, a travel company is inviting tourists to visit the country.
Online platform Visit Ukraine last month launched daily guided tours of so-called "Courageous Cities" that continue to resist Russian invaders, offering travelers a glimpse of how the country is living amid the conflict.
"Set off on a journey to wonderful Ukraine now," the tour company's website urges.
Despite international warnings against travel to Ukraine, the company says it has so far sold 150 tickets, while its website providing information on safe travel to Ukraine is receiving 1.5 million visits a month, 50% more than before the invasion.
Visit Ukraine CEO Anton Taranenko says the tours represent a chance for Ukraine to highlight the defiant spirit of its citizens, as well as show the outside world that life goes on, even in a war.