Those wishing to examine the war in Ukraine may soon have the opportunity to visit and tour the battlefields in Ukraine’s Donetsk and Luhansk regions, both rebel strongholds which have experienced some of the most intense violence.
Tour operator Megapolis Kurort, a Russian-based company known for producing luxurious spa packages, plans to offer four-day excursions, costing roughly $2,000-$3,000, to the war-torn regions. Fixed in the price includes an armored vehicle—possibly a tank—that fits up to seven people, a local guide and specially trained bodyguards. Of course, the company can’t guarantee the safety of its tourists, so the tours will operate “at your own risk.”
Crazily enough, Megapolis Kurort owner Mikhail Bely told _The Moscow Times that at least 10 customers have already expressed interest in the package.
As expected, none of this comes without controversy. Luhansk’s tourism minister was outraged with the proposal, telling Russian paper Izvestia, “There is death and tears, there is grief, and I didn’t expect such a proposal to appear at all, especially from our Moscow colleagues.”
Some separatist leaders acknowledge they won’t interfere with the tours but, at the same time, have no intention to help. There’s still an ongoing war.
Tommy Burson is a travel writer, part-time hitchhiker, and he’s currently trying to imitate Where in the World is Carmen San Diego but with more sunscreen and jorts._