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Country in Central and Eastern Europe

  • After the Russian Federation, Ukraine is largest contiguous country on the European continent.
  • It became independent when the Soviet Union dissolved in 1991.
  • It is a unitary state composed of 24 oblasts (provinces), one autonomous republic (Crimea), and two cities with special status: Kiev, its capital and largest city, and Sevastopol, which houses the Russian Black Sea Fleet under a leasing agreement.
  • The Baptism of Grand Prince Vladimir, led to the adoption of Christianity in Kievan Rus.
  • Ukraine, along with Poland, is the host the 2012 UEFA European Football Championship.
  • Kiev is its capital city and is the 8th largest city in Europe.
  • Rahiv, a small town in the country, is the geographic centre of Europe.
  • Arsenalnaya Metro Station located in Kiev is the deepest in the world (105 meters).
  • The country has one of ten most attractive agricultural land acquisition regions in the world and is the third largest grain exporter (2011) in the world.
  • The speckled ground squirrel is a native of the east Ukrainian steppes.
  • The Lake Synevir is the largest lake in the Ukrainian Carpathians.
  • The World Bank classifies the country as a middle-income state.
  • Football is the most popular sport.
  • The McDonald's near the train station in Kiev is the third most visited McDonald eatery in the world.
  • 77 percent of Ukrainians have never been abroad.
  • The have the fifth most-drinking nation in the world.
  • It is the 4th most educated nation in the world with 99.4% of Ukrainians aged 15 and over can read and write.
  • An-225 Mriya is the most heaviest aircraft created. It is used to airlift space shuttles and rocket boosters.
  • It is the home to Trypillian Civilization, one of the most ancient civilizations.
  • The country has the world’s largest reserves of manganese ore – 2.3 billion tons or about 11% of all deposits of the world.
  • Card playing is strictly prohibited for Christians in the country.
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