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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Massive Ransomware Attack Hits Ukraine; Experts Say It's Spreading Globally - NPR

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Massive Ransomware Attack Hits Ukraine; Experts Say It's Spreading Globally
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Updated at 5:57 p.m. ET. Ransomware hit at least six countries Tuesday, including Ukraine, where it was blamed for a large and coordinated attack on key parts of the nation's infrastructure, from government agencies and electric grids to stores and banks.
Massive cyberattack hits Europe with widespread ransom demandsWashington Post
Cyberattack Hits Ukraine Then Spreads InternationallyNew York Times
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Ukrainian Banks, Electricity Firm Hit by Fresh Cyber Attack - New York Times

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Ukrainian Banks, Electricity Firm Hit by Fresh Cyber Attack
New York Times
KIEV — A number of Ukrainian banks and companies, including the state power distributor, were hit by a cyber attack on Tuesday that disrupted some operations, the Ukrainian central bank said. The latest disruptions follow a spate of hacking attempts ...
New cyberattack spreads fast across the globeCBS News
Ukraine Hit by Massive CyberattackForeign Policy (blog)
Ukraine central bank says cyberattack hits lendersThe Indian Express
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Ukraine reacted to the biggest hack in its history with a GIF of a dog ... - Vox

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Ukraine reacted to the biggest hack in its history with a GIF of a dog ...
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The dog that represents “halfway between a shrug and complete denial of reality.” Screenshot / Getty Images. Ukraine was just hit by a sweeping cyberattack ...

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Kiev car explosion kills Ukraine's senior military spy - Aljazeera.com

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Kiev car explosion kills Ukraine's senior military spy
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A suspected car bombing in central Kiev has killed a Ukrainian military intelligence officer in an incident classified as a "terrorist act" by police, according to officials. Colonel Maksim Shapoval, who was identified by the defence ministry in a ...
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Ukraine Deputy Prime Minister Says Government Computer Network DownNew York Times
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Ukraine premier: Cyberattack 'unprecedented' - KWCH

KWCH

Ukraine premier: Cyberattack 'unprecedented'
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Ukraine's prime minister says that a cyberattack affecting his country is "unprecedented," but "vital systems haven't been affected." A new and highly virulent outbreak of malicious data-scrambling software appears to be causing mass disruption across ...
Ukraine banks hit by cyber attackSky News Australia
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Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort files as foreign ... - Washington Post

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The Latest: Ukraine security expert fears for 'whole world' - News 12 Brooklyn

News 12 Brooklyn

The Latest: Ukraine security expert fears for 'whole world'
News 12 Brooklyn
(Thomas Borberg/Polfoto via AP,file). FILE - In this Jan. 31, 2014, file photo of A.P. Moller-Maersk containers on a ship in the Panama Canal. Hackers Tuesday June 27, 2017 caused widespread disruption across Europe, hitting Ukraine especially hard.

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The Latest: Ukraine cites rouge accounting software update - News 12 Connecticut

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The Latest: Ukraine cites rouge accounting software update
News 12 Connecticut
(Thomas Borberg/Polfoto via AP,file). FILE - In this Jan. 31, 2014, file photo of A.P. Moller-Maersk containers on a ship in the Panama Canal. Hackers Tuesday June 27, 2017 caused widespread disruption across Europe, hitting Ukraine especially hard.



Is This Ukrainian Company The Source Of The 'NotPetya' Ransomware Explosion? - Forbes

Forbes

Is This Ukrainian Company The Source Of The 'NotPetya' Ransomware Explosion?
Forbes
A little-known Ukrainian software firm is facing allegations it's one major source of Tuesday's ransomware explosion. Security experts say accounting program provider MeDoc was breached and the NotPetya ransomware was spread via updates, before ...

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Macron pushes for Ukraine peace talks - The Hindu

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Macron pushes for Ukraine peace talks
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Russia annexed Crimea in 2014 after a military intervention in eastern Ukraine. The new French President said he expected a new round of the so-called “Normandy format” talks on the issue — involving France, Germany, Russia and Ukraine — to be held ...
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