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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Corruption claims taint Ukraine military - BBC News

BBC News

Corruption claims taint Ukraine military
BBC News
Viktor Plakhuta couldn't take the corruption in Ukraine's defence sector any longer. A former financial services worker, he was part of a wave of young, idealistic Ukrainians who entered government after the country's 2014 pro-Western revolution. He ...
Ukraine feels let down by EU with visa deal elusiveChannel NewsAsia
Death toll from conflict in east Ukraine tops 10000: presidentGlobal Times
Ukraine woos tourists from ChinaFamagusta Gazette

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'It's a pretty disturbing time for Ukraine': Trump's Russia ties unnerve Kiev - The Guardian

The Guardian

'It's a pretty disturbing time for Ukraine': Trump's Russia ties unnerve Kiev
The Guardian
While the current US administration has stopped short of supplying Ukraine with lethal weapons to fight Russian intervention in the east of the country, it has been a strong supporter of Ukraine with financial aid, and has slapped sanctions on Russia ...
Senate: Act now to save UkraineThe Hill (blog)

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Radical MPs bid to make Ukraine nuclear again - RT

RT

Radical MPs bid to make Ukraine nuclear again
RT
In 1994, Ukraine was given security assurances by Russia, the US and the UK in the so-called Budapest Memorandum in exchange for its accession to the NTP. Similar documents were signed with Kazakhstan and Belarus, which were in a comparable ...

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Uefa plays down fears that Manchester United fans face danger in Ukraine - The Guardian

The Guardian

Uefa plays down fears that Manchester United fans face danger in Ukraine
The Guardian
The letter, sent last month, said: “For your safety and security you are advised not to wear Manchester United colours when in the Ukraine or attract attention to your presence in the city. Due to political sensitivity in the region it is not just ...
Manchester United security fear for Europa League match in Ukraine downplayedSkySports
Martial: United face difficult night in UkraineESPN FC
Manchester United fans reassured by UEFA over safety against Zorya LuhanskESPN.co.uk
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Trudeau cabinet expected to debate renewed Ukraine mission - CBC - CBC.ca

CBC.ca

Trudeau cabinet expected to debate renewed Ukraine mission - CBC
CBC.ca
Canada has signalled it is prepared to extend its military training mission in Ukraine. Sources tell CBC News that the size and scope is still up for debate before ...

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European auditors say Ukraine still perceived as Europe's most corrupted state - TASS

APA

European auditors say Ukraine still perceived as Europe's most corrupted state
TASS
The ECA report, released on Wednesday, assessed whether European Commission and European External Action Service assistance between 2007 and 2015 was proving effective in supporting reforms in Ukraine. It says that EU help "had limited impact ...
Court of Auditors unable to say how EU money was spent in UkraineEurActiv

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Russia Closing In On 'Alt-Ukraine' Pipeline In Turkey - Forbes

Forbes

Russia Closing In On 'Alt-Ukraine' Pipeline In Turkey
Forbes
Call it the anti-Ukraine pipeline, but after some fits and starts the alternative Russian gas route into the E.U. via Turkey is about to be made official on Tuesday in Moscow. Turkey's Prime Minister Binali Yildirim arrived in the city today for a two ...

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Ukraine: The lasting impact of landmines on civilians - News from Al ... - Aljazeera.com

Ukraine: The lasting impact of landmines on civilians - News from Al ...
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No one knows how many civilians have been killed by landmines or how many have been planted and where.

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The Estonian e-Governance Academy to develop e-services in Ukraine - Estonian World (press release) (blog)

Estonian World (press release) (blog)

The Estonian e-Governance Academy to develop e-services in Ukraine
Estonian World (press release) (blog)
Over the next two years, the Tallinn-based e-Governance Academy will assume a lead role in creating a data exchange and information system in Ukraine, enabling up to 600 local service centres in the country to provide up-to-date public services to the ...



Ukraine Ready to Join Trilateral Gas Talks in Brussels - VOA News - Voice of America

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