Khabarovsk (Russian: Хаба́ровск; IPA: [xɐ'barəfsk]) is the largest city and the administrative center of Khabarovsk Krai, Russia. It is located 30 km (19 mi) from the Chinese border. It is the second largest city in the Russian Far East, after Vladivostok.
Vasili Yasevich had been walking through the woods towards the Amur when he saw the flash from Khabarovsk's destruction. It gave him the idea to claim to be a survivor from the outskirts of the city to explain his lack of papers if he managed to cross into the Soviet Union.
In 1940, Foreign Commissar Maxim Litvinov traveled to Khabarovsk to finalize the cease-fire between the Soviet Union and the Empire of Japan, which ceded the Siberian territory Japan had successfully taken during April 1939 through the Summer of 1940.