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 and Poland's History Wars Are a Gift For Putin | Foreign Policy
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Ukraine's Deputy PM to join R-Day celebrations
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In a move that is expected to draw sharp attention from Moscow, India will hold bilateral discussions with a major Ukrainian leader on January 26. Ambassador of Ukraine Dr Igor Polikha told The Hindu that in a symbolic gesture, First Deputy Prime ...

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Wealthy British businessman 'murdered in Ukraine by internet bride who wanted to inherit his fortune' - Mirror.co.uk

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Wealthy British businessman 'murdered in Ukraine by internet bride who wanted to inherit his fortune'
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A wealthy British businessman who was run over in Ukraine was "murdered" by his internet bride while they celebrated their first wedding anniversary, his best friend has told an inquest. Barry Pring, 47, suffered horrific injuries when he was hit by a ...
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Ukrainian President: Finland and Ukraine both face external threat - YLE News

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Ukrainian President: Finland and Ukraine both face external threat
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Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko says Finland and Ukraine share a consensus based on common experiences, such as being faced with an external threat. Poroshenko held talks with Finnish President Sauli Niinistö on the Ukraine conflict and the ...
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Kyiv Post

Carlos Pascual: How Ukraine can improve service, quality of energy supply
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WhatsApp message from Ukraine triggered the Tamukkam protest - The Hindu

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WhatsApp message from Ukraine triggered the Tamukkam protest
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The US Election and the Ukraine Connection - Project Syndicate

The US Election and the Ukraine Connection
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Everything changed in February 2014, when Ukraine's Maidan Revolution culminated in the ousting of the Kremlin-friendly President Viktor Yanukovych. That development – and Putin's response to it – fundamentally transformed the West's relationship with ...

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Russians Helping Ukraine In Moscow War? 5 Russians Under Investigation For Ties To Far-Right Ukraine Nationalists - International Business Times

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Russians Helping Ukraine In Moscow War? 5 Russians Under Investigation For Ties To Far-Right Ukraine Nationalists
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Five Russian nationals are under criminal investigation for alleged ties to a far-right Ukrainian nationalist group, RIA Novosti reported Monday. The Russian Investigative Committee opened cases against Igor Chudinov, Gennady Khamrayev, Georgy Stotsky, ...

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Ukraine Announces Seizure of Plane Full of Russian Weapons Headed to Iran - Breitbart News

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Ukraine Announces Seizure of Plane Full of Russian Weapons Headed to Iran
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Over the weekend, authorities in Ukraine announced the seizure of a plane loaded with Russian weapons at the Zulyany Airport. The plane was headed for Iran, and Ukraine claims the cargo included banned missiles and components. “The Russian agency ...
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Ukraine Moves Forward With DAB+ - Radio World

Ukraine Moves Forward With DAB+
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Following a meeting on Dec. 22, the Ukraine National Council has announced that it plans to make spectrum available for DAB+ on its 174–230 MHz radio frequency band. “We have long studied the experience of our European colleagues and concluded that ...