What do you know about Ukraine?

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    Post by :) barnabasboy1 :) on Wed Aug 26, 2009 12:53 am

    alot of football players from Ukraine are good at football and also tenis
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    Post by :) barnabasboy1 :) on Wed Aug 26, 2009 1:32 am

    Ukraine's modern history began with the East Slavs. From at least the 9th century, Ukraine was a center of the medieval living area of the East Slavs. This state, known as Kievan Rus' became the largest and most powerful nation in Europe, but disintegrated in the 12th century. Ukraine was the home of the first modern democracy, which exhibited republican form, during the Khmelnytsky uprising in the 17th century.[5] After the Great Northern War, Ukraine was divided among a number of regional powers, and by the 19th century, the largest part of Ukraine was integrated into the Russian Empire, with the rest under Austro-Hungarian control. After a chaotic period of incessant warfare and several attempts at independence (1917–21) following World War I and the Russian Civil War, Ukraine emerged in 1922 as one of the founding republics of the Soviet Union. The Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic's territory was enlarged westward shortly before and after World War II, and again in 1954 with the Crimea transfer. In 1945, the Ukrainian SSR became one of the co-founding members of the United Nations.[6] Ukraine became independent again after the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991. This began a period of transition to a market economy, in which Ukraine was stricken with an eight year recession.[7] But since then, the economy has been experiencing a stable increase with GDP growth averaging 24 percent annually.

    Ukraine is a unitary state composed of 24 oblasts (provinces), one autonomous republic (Crimea), and two cities with special status: Kiev, its capital, and Sevastopol, which houses the Russian Black Sea Fleet under a leasing agreement. Ukraine is a republic under a semi-presidential system with separate legislative, executive, and judicial branches. Since the collapse of the USSR, Ukraine continues to maintain the second largest military in Europe, after that of Russia. The country is home to 46.2 million people, 77.8 percent of whom are ethnic Ukrainians, with sizable minorities of Russians, Belarusians and Romanians. The Ukrainian language is the only official language in Ukraine, while Russian is also widely spoken. The dominant religion in the country is Eastern Orthodox Christianity, which has heavily influenced Ukrainian architecture, literature and music.
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    Post by str999 on Fri Aug 28, 2009 12:55 am

    Smile barnabasboy1 Smile wrote:Ukraine's modern history began with the East Slavs. From at least the 9th century, Ukraine was a center of the medieval living area of the East Slavs. This state, known as Kievan Rus' became the largest and most powerful nation in Europe, but disintegrated in the 12th century. Ukraine was the home of the first modern democracy, which exhibited republican form, during the Khmelnytsky uprising in the 17th century.[5] After the Great Northern War, Ukraine was divided among a number of regional powers, and by the 19th century, the largest part of Ukraine was integrated into the Russian Empire, with the rest under Austro-Hungarian control. After a chaotic period of incessant warfare and several attempts at independence (1917–21) following World War I and the Russian Civil War, Ukraine emerged in 1922 as one of the founding republics of the Soviet Union. The Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic's territory was enlarged westward shortly before and after World War II, and again in 1954 with the Crimea transfer. In 1945, the Ukrainian SSR became one of the co-founding members of the United Nations.[6] Ukraine became independent again after the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991. This began a period of transition to a market economy, in which Ukraine was stricken with an eight year recession.[7] But since then, the economy has been experiencing a stable increase with GDP growth averaging 24 percent annually.

    Ukraine is a unitary state composed of 24 oblasts (provinces), one autonomous republic (Crimea), and two cities with special status: Kiev, its capital, and Sevastopol, which houses the Russian Black Sea Fleet under a leasing agreement. Ukraine is a republic under a semi-presidential system with separate legislative, executive, and judicial branches. Since the collapse of the USSR, Ukraine continues to maintain the second largest military in Europe, after that of Russia. The country is home to 46.2 million people, 77.8 percent of whom are ethnic Ukrainians, with sizable minorities of Russians, Belarusians and Romanians. The Ukrainian language is the only official language in Ukraine, while Russian is also widely spoken. The dominant religion in the country is Eastern Orthodox Christianity, which has heavily influenced Ukrainian architecture, literature and music.
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    Post by Youngjeezy456 on Tue Sep 01, 2009 8:17 am

    Well I as gonna post some things but you guys probably just named every single fact ever heard about Ukraine.. So all I can say is that I might go their sometime and if I do I'm DEFINITELY going to Lviv! lol
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    Post by agent kooldude09 on Sat Sep 05, 2009 6:29 pm

    Ukraine is situated in the south-eastern part of Central Europe and has its own territory, government, national emblem, flag and anthem. It borders on Russia, Byelorussia, Moldova, Slovakia, Roumania, Hungary and Poland on land and Russia, Georgia, Bulgaria, Roumania and Turkey on sea.

    The territory of Ukraine is mostly a level, treeless plain, calls "steppe". There are the Crimean Mountains in the Crimean peninsula and the Carpathians in the west, but they are not very high. Mixed forests of pine and fir-trees, beeches, limes, oaks and elms cover the mountains, but the thickest woods can still be found in the northern part of the republic, in Volyn. Kiev and Cherkassy lie in the midst of Ukrainian southernmost pine forest. The main Ukrainian river is the Dnieper. It is one of the longest European rivers and one of the republic's main source of hydroelectric power. The Dnieper and its tributary the Ross had been the cradle of the Ukrainian and Russian people in time immemorial.

    The climate of the country is moderate. Winter is rather mild, with no severe frosts but with regular snowfalls everywhere except the south. The rivers and lakes freeze in winter. The average winter temperature varies -20 Centigrade in the north to -3-5 in the south. Summer is quite hot and dry, with occasional showers and thunderstorms. The fertile black soil is well watered in spring and autumn and gets plenty of sunshine in summer.

    Due to favorable climatic conditions, Ukraine is traditionally an agricultural area. It grows wheat, maize, buckwheat and other corn, red and green vegetables, all kinds of fruit, melons and berries.

    Ukraine is one of the world's main centers of sugar production. It produces sugar both for her own needs and for export.

    The country is rich in natural resources, such as iron ore, coal, color metal, oil, gas, mineral salts, clay and potential water power. It has developed a varied industry, concentrated mostly in and around big cities, such as Kiev, Zaporozhye, Dnepropetrovsk, Dnyeprodzerzhinsk, Odessa, Kharkov, Lviv, Nickolayev and other. It produces planes and ships, lorries and buses, motorcars and locomotives, computer and electronic equipment, precision instruments and agricultural machines, TV and radioset, chemicals and textiles and various consumer goods. Odessa, Sebastopol, Nickolayev, Kherson and Kerch are main ukrainian ports.
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    Post by agent kooldude09 on Sat Sep 05, 2009 6:33 pm

    Location: Eastern Europe*;
    Neighbors are Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Moldova, Russia, and Belarus
    *Ukraine is part of former Soviet Union or USSR, one of the NIS states ("Newly Independent States"), and member of CIS ("Commonwealth of Independent States", a subdivision of the NIS)
    Population: 48 million (down from peak of 51 million in 1980s)
    Area: 603,000 km2 (slightly larger than France and slightly smaller than Texas)
    Capital: Kyiv (or Kiev)*
    *Kyiv is derived from Ukrainian and Kiev from Russian (Kiev is considered the birthplace of Russian and East Slavic culture and statehood). While Kyiv is now considered politically correct, Kiev appears in Google seven times more frequently.
    More about Kiev >>
    Major cities: official populations
    Kyiv - 2,635,300 (realistically approaching 4 million)
    Kharkiv - 1,575,900
    Dnipropetrovsk - 1,161,200
    Donetsk - 1,101,800
    Odesa - 1,059,500
    Zaporizhya - 887,400
    Lviv - 805,900
    Kryvyy Rih - 703,000
    Mykolayiv - 519,000
    Mariupol - 490,000
    Luhansk - 493,300
    Languages: Ukrainian and Russian*
    *Ukrainian is Ukraine's single official government language;
    In everyday use the languages are about equally popular across Ukraine, though proportion of usage differs widely by region. However, the vast majority of the population is functionally bilingual.
    More about language in Ukraine >>
    Ethno-lingual makeup: by respondents' self-definition
    Ukrainian-speaking Ukrainians: 38%
    Russian-speaking Ukrainians: 30%
    Russian-speaking Russians: 17%
    not sure: 10%
    other ethnicity: 5%
    Geography: 95% of Ukraine is flat or nearly flat, with small rolling hills.
    In the west the Carpathians rise to 2061 m (Hoverla), and in the south the Crimean Mountains reach 1545 m.
    Climate: temperate continental, except for a small strip of Crimea's southern coast, which has a mediterranean climate
    More about Ukraine's climate and geography >>
    Ukraine weather map >>
    Date of independence: August 24, 1991
    History: see this easy-to-read timeline of Ukrainian history with dates and maps at uazone.net. Also, read my pages on Ukraine from 1988 to 1993 and other articles on Ukrainian life and society.
    Major religions:
    Ukrainian Orthodoxy, Moscow Patriarchate
    Ukrainian Orthodoxy, Kyiv Patriarchate
    Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodoxy
    Ukrainian Catholicism (Uniate)
    Protestantism, Jewish Orthodoxy, Greek Catholicism
    GDP: $49.9 billion (2004), GDP per capita: $1023 (official*)
    *In actuality, about 50% of Ukraine's economic production is "in the shadows," and actual earnings are greater. In addition, the hryvnia has been fixed to the dollar for years and is now quite undervalued. Using "purchasing power parity" the following numbers come closer to the truth: GDP: $260.4 billion, GDP per capita: $5400, GDP real growth rate: 9.4%
    In 2004 Ukraine was Europe's fastest growing economy, but has yet to reach pre-1991 levels of economic production.
    Currency: Hryvnia (or grivna, if transliterated from Russian), abbreviation = UAH (sometimes "hr"). Exchange rate since spring 2005 hovers around 5 UAH to 1 USD.
    See current exchange rates (Dollar, Euro, and Ruble) in left column here
    Handling money in Ukraine >>
    Government structure: Republic
    Powerful executive branch with five-year presidential term and Cabinet of Ministers with a Prime Minister appointed by the President. Legislative branch consists of unicameral 450-seat Verkhovna Rada (Supreme Council). People's deputies serve four-year terms. Judicial branch: Supreme Court, Constitutional Court. Ukraine's government structure is still in a developmental stage. During President Kuchma's terms (1994-2004) the executive branch became the only real center of power, but this is likely to be changed in 2005-2006 by a series of administrative and constitutional reforms. Ukraine consists of 27 administrative regions: 24 oblasts, the Crimea Autonomous Republic, and the cities of Kyiv and Sevastopol.
    More on Ukraine's political system from Ukrainian Embassy in Canada
    Links to Ukraine's principal governing bodies from Ukraine State Tax Administration
    National holidays:
    January 1 - New Year's Day
    January 7 - Christmas (Orthodox calendar)
    March 8 - International Women's Day
    May 1 and 2 - International Workers' Solidarity Day
    May 9 - Victory Day
    June 28 - Constitution Day
    August 24 - Independence Day
    Economy:
    Principal exports are metals, minerals, electronics, chemicals, and vegetables.
    2004 Report on Ukraine's economy, investment climate, and economic freedom from The Heritage Foundation
    Demographic structure:
    Gradually aging population. The birth rate plummeted in the 1990s but is slowly recovering as the economic situation improves. One of the highest women-to-men ratios in the world.
    Life expectancy: men - 62 years, women - 73 years
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    Post by Gumi Maci on Mon Sep 07, 2009 10:58 am

    Congratz to winners!!!
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    Post by allstar0014 on Wed Jan 27, 2010 8:17 pm

    A boy that went to my school transfered over from Ukraine. He said that you must be careful when you give roses to someone as even number of roses given means they are given to someone because they had a loved one pass away. Odd numbers are for love and friendship. so you better be careful!
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    Post by Puffles on Thu Jan 28, 2010 4:19 am

    Wow. Allstar, I didn't know that the number of roses conveyed different messages. Thank you for sharing! Very Happy


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    Post by allstar0014 on Thu Jan 28, 2010 6:18 am

    Puffles wrote:Wow. Allstar, I didn't know that the number of roses conveyed different messages. Thank you for sharing! Very Happy

    yeah, I was suprised when he told me too! Very Happy

    theres so much to learn about different countries!
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    Post by billybubble on Fri Jan 29, 2010 6:59 am

    Great job guys! Smile
    I don't know so much about Ukraine!

    Ukraine is a country in Eastern Europe.

    It borders the Black Sea to the south, Russia to the east, Belarus to the north and with Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania and Moldova in the west.


    The Capital of Ukraine is Kiev!

    Ukraine became independent after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991.

    That's all I know about Ukraine! Smile

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