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

Information

Introduction

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.

[+] Geography

[+] People

[+] Government

Video

Map


View Larger Map

References

Ukraine - Wikipedia
Ukraine - CIA World Fact Book
Ukraine - BBC
Ukraine - Timeline - BBC

Cities

Links

News Headlines

Google News
Flight MH17 investigators to pinpoint missile launch in rebel-held Ukraine - The Guardian

The Guardian

Flight MH17 investigators to pinpoint missile launch in rebel-held Ukraine
The Guardian
The JIT has been working on the scenario that the Buk came from the Kremlin's 53rd anti-aircraft missile brigade based in the Russian city of Kursk. It was smuggled across the Russian-Ukrainian border in July 2014 and spotted leaving rebel-held Donetsk ...
Ahead of MH17 report, Russia says if plane shot down, Ukraine pulled triggerCNN
Investigators to report on 2014 downing of Malaysian airliner over UkraineReuters
Russians again blame Ukraine for Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 crashUPI.com
ABC Online -The New Daily -RT
all 68 news articles »


Moonshine kills at least 23 in eastern Ukraine, 53 treated for alcohol ... - ABC Online

ABC Online

Moonshine kills at least 23 in eastern Ukraine, 53 treated for alcohol ...
ABC Online
Three grocery store owners are detained after at least 23 people die from drinking a lethal brew of vodka in impoverished rural regions of eastern Ukraine.

and more »


In Ukraine, Rivlin warns against 'sin' of forgetting Nazi atrocities - The Times of Israel

The Times of Israel

In Ukraine, Rivlin warns against 'sin' of forgetting Nazi atrocities
The Times of Israel
Israeli President Reuven Rivlin at an official welcome ceremony which included an honor guard and military parade at the Ukrainian Parliament, September 27, 2016 with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. (Haim Zach / GPO) ...
Rivlin addresses Ukraine Parliament 75 years after Babi YarArutz Sheva
President Rivlin in Ukraine for Babi Yar Commemorationhttp://hamodia.com
Pritzker to Lead US Delegation to Ukraine to Commemorate Babi Yar MassacreSputnik International
Ukrinform News -Forward -Interfax
all 19 news articles »


EU Parliament committee approves Ukraine for visa-free travel - bne IntelliNews

KFTV

EU Parliament committee approves Ukraine for visa-free travel
bne IntelliNews
The committee's move appears to bear out Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko's statement in early August that European authorities will decide on granting Ukraine visa-free travel in the autumn. However, observers still expect the final decision on ...
EU parliament backs visa-free travel for Ukraine, hurdles remainReuters
Parubiy hopes for positive EU decision on visa-free regime for Ukraine in early OctoberInterfax
Civil liberties MEPs back plans to waive visa requirements for #UkraineEU Reporter
KFTV -Ukrinform News -Express.co.uk
all 27 news articles »


New Russian military base 100km from Ukraine 'almost ready' - euronews

euronews

New Russian military base 100km from Ukraine 'almost ready'
euronews
Russia is completing the construction of a large military base in the southern Rostov region, some 100 kilometres from the border with Ukraine. The base consisting of three military facilities is the latest in a chain of new military sites, part of ...

and more »


Ukraine's Next 25 Years - Foreign Affairs

Foreign Affairs

Ukraine's Next 25 Years
Foreign Affairs
Ukraine declared independence on August 24, 1991, in exceptionally favorable geopolitical circumstances: the Soviet empire was disintegrating; its Russian successor state was democratically inclined and militarily weak; the United States, the world's ...



Twin crises in Syria and Ukraine prove the West cannot restrain Russia - Scroll.in

Scroll.in

Twin crises in Syria and Ukraine prove the West cannot restrain Russia
Scroll.in
This back-and-forth pattern has played out many times in Syria and Ukraine, with both sides playing to their own constituencies rather than talking to each other whether over the downing of flight MH17, Bashar al-Assad's use of chemical weapons, or ...

and more »


Imports of cars in Ukraine grows by 24% - Unian - Ukraine Today

Ukraine Today

Imports of cars in Ukraine grows by 24% - Unian
Ukraine Today
As UNIAN reported earlier, imports of passenger cars in Ukraine in January-June 2016 increased by 34% year-over-year, to 35,500 units. According to Ukravtoprom, last year import of passenger cars in Ukraine dropped by 41% to 86,492 units, worth a total ...



After Fleeing To Ukraine, Anti-Putin Protester Detained Back In Russia - RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty

RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty

After Fleeing To Ukraine, Anti-Putin Protester Detained Back In Russia
RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty
MOSCOW -- A prominent anti-Putin protester who fled Russia for Ukraine last month has been detained while demonstrating in Moscow. Police detained Roslovtsev on September 27 after he appeared on the Russian capital's Red Square carrying a poster, ...
Russian protester, who asked for asylum in Ukraine, detained in MoscowUkraine Today

all 3 news articles »


UN Human Rights Council discusses situations in DR Congo, Libya, Ukraine and Burundi - UN News Centre

UN News Centre

UN Human Rights Council discusses situations in DR Congo, Libya, Ukraine and Burundi
UN News Centre
27 September 2016 At interactive dialogues on the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Libya Ukraine, and Burundi, senior UN human rights officials and independent experts today urged the governments to take immediate steps to ensure protection ...

and more »