Ukraine

Country Ukraine
Capital Kiev
Continent Europe
Currency Hryvnia(UAH)
Languages Ukrainian, Armenian, Belarusian, Bulgarian,Crimean Tatar, Gagauz, German, Greek, Hungarian, Karaim, Krymchak, Moldovan, Polish, Romani, Romanian, Russian, Rusyn, Slovak & Yiddish

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Ukraine was the center of the first eastern Slavic state, Kyivan Rus, which during the 10th and 11th centuries was the largest and most powerful state in Europe. Weakened by internecine quarrels and Mongol invasions, Kyivan Rus was incorporated into the Grand Duchy of Lithuania and eventually into the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. The cultural and religious legacy of Kyivan Rus laid the foundation for Ukrainian nationalism through subsequent centuries. A new Ukrainian state, the Cossack Hetmanate, was established during the mid-17th century after an uprising against the Poles. Despite continuous Muscovite pressure, the Hetmanate managed to remain autonomous for well over 100 years. During the latter part of the 18th century, most Ukrainian ethnographic territory was absorbed by the Russian Empire. Following the collapse of czarist Russia in 1917, Ukraine was able to achieve a short-lived period of independence (1917-20), but was reconquered and forced to endure a brutal Soviet rule that engineered two forced famines (1921-22 and 1932-33) in which over 8 million died. In World War II, German and Soviet armies were responsible for some 7 to 8 million more deaths. Although final independence for Ukraine was achieved in 1991 with the dissolution of the USSR, democracy and prosperity remained elusive as the legacy of state control and endemic corruption stalled efforts at economic reform, privatization, and civil liberties. A peaceful mass protest "Orange Revolution" in the closing months of 2004 forced the authorities to overturn a rigged presidential election and to allow a new internationally monitored vote that swept into power a reformist slate under Viktor YUSHCHENKO. Subsequent internal squabbles in the YUSHCHENKO camp allowed his rival Viktor YANUKOVYCH to stage a comeback in parliamentary elections and become prime minister in August of 2006. An early legislative election, brought on by a political crisis in the spring of 2007, saw Yuliya TYMOSHENKO, as head of an "Orange" coalition, installed as a new prime minister in December 2007. Viktor YANUKOVUYCH was elected president in a February 2010 run-off election that observers assessed as meeting most international standards. The following month, the Rada approved a vote of no-confidence prompting Yuliya TYMOSHENKO to resign from her post as prime minister.

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Five Killed As SUV Ploughs Into Crowd In Ukraine's Kharkiv; Extremism Not Suspected - RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty

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Five Killed As SUV Ploughs Into Crowd In Ukraine's Kharkiv; Extremism Not Suspected
RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty
Five people were killed on October 18 when a car ploughed into a crowd of pedestrians in Kharkiv, Ukraine's Interior Ministry said in a statement that cited traffic safety violations rather than an extremist plot or terrorist link. The ministry on ...
Five killed in Ukraine as car ploughs into crowdThe Indian Express
5 dead in Ukraine after vehicle plows into sidewalk crowdFox News
Kharkiv car crash: Five dead in Ukraine as vehicle ploughs into ...Daily Star
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Ukraine anti-graft protesters clash with riot police - BBC News - BBC News

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Turkey seeks extradition of German citizen in Ukraine - Deutsche Welle

Deutsche Welle

Turkey seeks extradition of German citizen in Ukraine
Deutsche Welle
According to Morhun, Turkey only officially sent an extradition request for Kemal K. to Ukrainian authorities on September 18. Ukraine has until the end of November to decide whether to extradite him. Interpol's Ukrainian bureau confirmed to DW that a ...
Germany urges Ukraine to disregard Turkey's Interpol request to extradite terror suspectDaily Sabah

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Firm linked to Ukraine leader son bypasses transparency law - HeraldScotland

HeraldScotland

Firm linked to Ukraine leader son bypasses transparency law
HeraldScotland
A SCOTTISH company linked to the millionaire son of Ukraine's ousted leader has sidestepped new UK transparency rules designed to thwart corruption. The business, a controversial limited partnership (SLP) of a kind dubbed “Britain's home-grown secrecy ...

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Ukraine Will Pursue Hard Reforms This Fall, Finance Minister Says - Atlantic Council (blog)

Ukraine Will Pursue Hard Reforms This Fall, Finance Minister Says
Atlantic Council (blog)
He gladly downs a cup of coffee before we turn on our microphones to discuss Ukraine's economy. The affable forty-two-year old finance minister is one of the few reformers left in Ukraine's Cabinet of Ministers and has a reputation as a doer. He's in ...

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Turkey seeks extradition of German citizen in Ukraine — media - dw - Deutsche Welle

Deutsche Welle

Turkey seeks extradition of German citizen in Ukraine — media - dw
Deutsche Welle
A German man has been detained in Ukraine on an Interpol arrest warrant, according to reports. Turkey claims he was involved in two murders but Germany ...

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Ukraine's special forces storming tent camp outside parliament - TASS

Ukraine's special forces storming tent camp outside parliament
TASS
KIEV, October 18. /TASS/. Ukrainian special forces have started storming the tent camp outside the Verkhovna Rada [parliament]. When law enforcers came up running to the tents, activists started to fight back, making the special forces respond with ...

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Ukraine's 'Most Wanted' Oligarch - Forbes

Forbes

Ukraine's 'Most Wanted' Oligarch
Forbes
To many, Dmitry Firtash is an example of all that is wrong with Ukraine. Co-owner of RosUkrEnergo and Group DF, Firtash is one shrewd Ukrainian businessman. He's made headlines of late because of a real estate connection to Paul Manafort, Trump's ...



Free and happy for the first time in his life: Bear raised from a cub to be used for dog baiting is released after ... - Daily Mail

Daily Mail

Free and happy for the first time in his life: Bear raised from a cub to be used for dog baiting is released after ...
Daily Mail
This is the moment a bear raised from a cub to be used for dog baiting was released after 16 years locked up in a Ukrainian cage. Tyson had been held captive in woodland near the city of Ivano Frankivsk, western Ukraine, since 2001 when his mother was ...



French drug company says it might pull out of Ukraine due to raids on accounts - Kyiv Post

Kyiv Post

French drug company says it might pull out of Ukraine due to raids on accounts
Kyiv Post
French pharmaceuticals company Sanofi Aventis says it may have to stop trading in Ukraine due to what it calls “continued financial raidership” that has “arrested or withdrawn” Hr 180 million from its subsidiary in the country. In a press release, the ...