Missiles to Stilettos in Dnipropetrovsk


Until two decades ago, Dnipropetrovsk, renamed in 1926 to honor Ukrainian Communist Party leader Grigory Petrovsky, was the main production site for Soviet-era intercontinental ballistic missiles. An imposing statue of Petrovsy, hands outstretched symbolically towards the east, still lords over the entrance to the city’s train station. The city’s secret military output made it an enclave for engineers, military technicians, and nuclear experts. Now,it is trying to transform itself.