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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Good Morning, Ukraine! Army Radio Seeks Colorful DJ to Mock Russians - Wall Street Journal

Wall Street Journal

Good Morning, Ukraine! Army Radio Seeks Colorful DJ to Mock Russians
Wall Street Journal
KIEV—Ukraine's army is searching for its own Robin Williams. Specifically, it is looking for a charismatic army disc jockey like the one Mr. Williams played in the film “Good Morning, Vietnam” three decades ago. Alexey Makukhin, an adviser to Ukraine ...



Russia frees the Ukrainian pilot it convicted of bogus war crimes - The Economist

The Economist

Russia frees the Ukrainian pilot it convicted of bogus war crimes
The Economist
NEARLY two years of imprisonment, intermittent hunger strikes and a Russian show trial did little to dull the edge of Ukrainian pilot Nadia Savchenko. “I want to thank those who wished me well, because I survived thanks to you,” Ms Savchenko declared ...
Leaders 'influenced Putin' over Savchenko release, say Ukraine pilot's lawyerseuronews
Ukrainian pilot Savchenko release not part of Minsk accords – MoscowRT
Kremlin Says Russia 'In Favour' of Returning Donbass to UkraineThe Moscow Times (registration)
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UN Suspends Torture Inquiry in Ukraine - New York Times

New York Times

UN Suspends Torture Inquiry in Ukraine
New York Times
KIEV, Ukraine — A group of United Nations inspectors investigating allegations of torture in Ukraine has suspended its work, the team's leader said this week, citing a lack of cooperation from government security services. Sir Malcolm Evans, leader of ...

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Nadiya Savchenko's release: what the Ukraine-Russia prisoner swap does and doesn't mean - Vox

Vox

Nadiya Savchenko's release: what the Ukraine-Russia prisoner swap does and doesn't mean
Vox
Captured Ukrainian pilot Nadiya Savchenko finally returned home Wednesday morning after nearly two years in Russian captivity. Savchenko's return, part of a prisoner swap between the two countries, is a huge deal in Ukraine — the country's voters ...
Ukraine Welcomes Home Pilot After Prisoner Exchange With MoscowWall Street Journal
Russia's Putin pardons Ukrainian pilot, sends her home in prisoner swapReuters
Nadiya Savchenko: Moscow frees Ukrainian pilot in prisoner swap for Russians held in conflictABC Online
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Ukraine want to forget 2012 nightmare - ESPN FC (blog)

ESPN FC (blog)

Ukraine want to forget 2012 nightmare
ESPN FC (blog)
Ukraine finished third to Spain and Slovakia in Group C and only claimed a point against their two rivals. They beat Slovenia comfortably in the playoffs by winning 3-1 on aggregate. Although they have a feted attack, their defence conceded just five ...
Euro 2016: Lack of a real cutting edge could cost UkraineIrish Times
Euro 2016 team profile: UkraineEurosport.com
Soccer-Disharmony threatens to disrupt Ukraine's campaignYahoo News

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BBC team on the front line of the Ukraine conflict - BBC News

BBC News

BBC team on the front line of the Ukraine conflict
BBC News
Ukraine says 10 of its soldiers have been killed and 27 wounded in the east of the country in the past week. Diplomatic progress towards a political solution remains slow, weeks before a deadline when Europe must decide whether or not to maintain ...

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RT reporter Anna Baranova harassed by 'pro-Ukraine' protesters during Paris demo - RT

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RT reporter Anna Baranova harassed by 'pro-Ukraine' protesters during Paris demo
RT
RT's Anna Baranova has had her live broadcast from anti-labor reform protests in Paris sabotaged by demonstrators shouting pro-Ukraine slogans and personal insults, after having been punched in the head last week.

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Gorbachev officially barred from Ukraine over Crimea comments - RT

RT

Gorbachev officially barred from Ukraine over Crimea comments
RT
“For the public support of Crimea's annexation, Mikhail Gorbachev has been banned from entering Ukraine for five years,” said a statement on the official Twitter feed of Ukraine's security agency SBU, ending several days of public debate about the move.
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Ukraine bans Gorbachev for backing Crimea takeoverDeutsche Welle
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Visa liberalization for Ukraine to be enforced - EP President - Ukraine Today

Ukraine Today

Visa liberalization for Ukraine to be enforced - EP President
Ukraine Today
The European Parliament is set to intensify the process of considering the visa-free regime for Ukraine, stated EP President Martin Schulz in a phone talk with Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko. This is according to the President's official site ...
Moscow Backs Poroshenko's Plans 'to Return Eastern Ukraine'Sputnik International

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British ambassador says UK will help Ukraine combat corruption - Kyiv Post

Kyiv Post

British ambassador says UK will help Ukraine combat corruption
Kyiv Post
One is that the British, as a signatory to the 1994 Budapest Memorandum committing to Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity, should take a tougher stance against Russia's theft of the Crimean peninsula and the Kremlin's ongoing war in the ...