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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Ukraine: Police Employees Accused of Stealing Electricity to Mine ... - Cointelegraph

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Ukraine: Police Employees Accused of Stealing Electricity to Mine ...
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Employees of the National Police in a Ukrainian town allegedly stole four months worth of electricity to mine crypto at work, local news outlet reports.

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Ukraine: Grenade explosion on bus kills 1 teen, wounds 3 - Tampabay.com

Ukraine: Grenade explosion on bus kills 1 teen, wounds 3
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MOSCOW (AP) — Separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine say an accidental grenade explosion on a bus has killed one teenager and wounded three others. Rebel military spokesman Ruslan Yakubov said in a statement carried by the Donetsk News Agency ...



Ukraine match fixing: 35 clubs accused following raids - BBC Sport

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Ukraine match fixing: 35 clubs accused following raids
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Thirty-five Ukrainian football clubs, including five in the country's top flight, have been accused of being involved in a match-fixing operation. Neither champions Shakhtar Donetsk nor 15-time winners Dynamo Kiev are among those named. Officials ...
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Ukraine Showcases Javelin Firepower From United States - RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty

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Ukraine Showcases Javelin Firepower From United States
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KYIV -- Ukraine has showcased the firepower of the Javelin antitank missile systems given to it by the United States last month in a performance President Petro Poroshenko called "a dream come true." "Finally, this day has come -- and today, on May 22, ...
Ukraine conducts first Javelin launches (Video)UNIAN
Ukraine's Poroshenko: we've listened to foreign partners on corruption lawReuters
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Ukraine tests US missile systems for first time - Reuters

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Ukraine tests US missile systems for first time
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Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko announced the first test of the missiles on Twitter: “Finally this day has come,” he said. “I am grateful to (the United States)... for the firm decision that Ukraine should be armed.” The tests were carried out in ...



Ukraine covers up logos of Champions League sponsor Gazprom - Sacramento Bee

Ukraine covers up logos of Champions League sponsor Gazprom
Sacramento Bee
Gazprom is a major Champions League sponsor but don't expect to see its logo on the streets of Kiev. Ahead of the final between Real Madrid and Liverpool on Saturday, the presence of Russia's state gas company angered some Ukrainians, so the logos ...

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Toxic alcohol kills six at party in Ukraine - Independent Online

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Toxic alcohol kills six at party in Ukraine
Independent Online
Kiev - Toxic alcohol at a party in a central Ukrainian town killed three men and three women on Monday evening, authorities said. Another partygoer was brought to hospital unconscious, authorities reported Tuesday. The deceased partygoers, aged 32 to ...



The Ukraine Model - Slate Magazine

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The Ukraine Model
Slate Magazine
Once the Soviet Union's “second” republic, Ukraine hosted thousands of nuclear weapons on its soil and emerged from the Communist empire's rubble with the world's third largest nuclear arsenal. Somewhere beyond the snow-covered pine forests ...



Living in Ukraine, a country rotten from corruption but full of noble people - Irish Times

Irish Times

Living in Ukraine, a country rotten from corruption but full of noble people
Irish Times
Outsiders seized on Ukraine's revolution to indulge their ideological prejudices. It was a fascist takeover, or an American coup, or a Putin putsch. The simplistic narrative was that Ukrainians had to be either pro-West or pro-Russia; they couldn't ...

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WP: Ukraine convicts Frenchman for plotting Euro 2016 attacks - UNIAN

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WP: Ukraine convicts Frenchman for plotting Euro 2016 attacks
UNIAN
Moutaux was arrested in May 2016 as he tried to leave Ukraine with an arsenal of weapons weeks before the start of the tournament hosted by France. Ukrainian security services had followed the man and allowed him to buy weapons and explosives in a ...
Ukrainian court convicts Frenchman over Euro 2016 attack plotRFI

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