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What have you learned about what UKRAINE is like, now that it is NEWSWORTHY, thanks to TRUMP. I never knew a thing before this.

Ukraine (UkrainianУкраїнаromanizedUkrayina, pronounced [ʊkrɐˈjinɐ] (About this soundlisten)), sometimes called the Ukraine,[7][8] is a country in Eastern Europe.[9] It is bordered by Russia to the north-east; Belarus to the north; PolandSlovakia and Hungary to the west; and RomaniaMoldova, and the Black Sea to the south. Ukraine is currently in a territorial dispute with Russia over the Crimean Peninsula, which Russia annexed in 2014.[10] Including Crimea, Ukraine has an area of 603,628 km2 (233,062 sq mi),[11] making it both the largest country entirely within Europe and the 46th largest country in the world. Excluding Crimea, Ukraine has a population of about 42 million,[2] making it the 32nd most populous country in the world. Its capital and largest city is KievUkrainian is the official language and its alphabet is Cyrillic. The dominant religion in the country is Eastern Orthodoxy.

The territory of modern Ukraine has been inhabited since 32,000 BC. During the Middle Ages, the area was a key centre of East Slavic culture, with the powerful state of Kievan Rus' forming the basis of Ukrainian identity. Following its fragmentation in the 13th century, the territory was contested, ruled and divided by a variety of powers, including LithuaniaPolandAustria-Hungary, the Ottoman Empire and Russia. A Cossack republic emerged and prospered during the 17th and 18th centuries, but its territory was eventually split between Poland and the Russian Empire, and finally merged fully into the Russian-dominated Soviet Union in the late 1940s as the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic. In 1991, Ukraine gained its independence from the Soviet Union in the aftermath of its dissolution at the end of the Cold War. Before its independence, Ukraine was typically referred to in English as "The Ukraine", but most sources have since moved to drop "the" from the name of Ukraine in all uses.[12]

Following its independence, Ukraine declared itself a neutral state;[13] it formed a limited military partnership with Russia and other CIS countries while also establishing a partnership with NATO in 1994. In 2013, after the government of President Viktor Yanukovych had decided to suspend the Ukraine-European Union Association Agreement and seek closer economic ties with Russia, a several-months-long wave of demonstrations and protests known as the Euromaidan began, which later escalated into the 2014 Ukrainian revolution that led to the overthrow of Yanukovych and the establishment of a new government. These events formed the background for the annexation of Crimea by Russia in March 2014, and the War in Donbass in April 2014. On 1 January 2016, Ukraine applied the economic component of the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area with the European Union.[14]

Ukraine is a developing country and ranks 88th on the Human Development Index. As of 2018, Ukraine is the poorest country in Europe alongside Moldova in terms of GDP per capita. At US$40, it has the lowest median wealth per adult in the world,[note 1][15] and suffers from a very high poverty rate as well as severe corruption.[16] However, because of its extensive fertile farmlands, Ukraine is one of the world's largest grain exporters.[17][18] It also maintains the second-largest military in Europe after that of Russia. Ukraine is a unitary republic under a semi-presidential system with separate powerslegislativeexecutive and judicial branches. The country is a member of the United Nations, the Council of Europe, the OSCE, the GUAM organization, and one of the founding states of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS).

Posted - November 28, 2019


  • 31641
    Thanks for the copy/paste info. When researching my ancestry, I had heard that my grandfather was Ukranian, so I did some research on The Ukraine. It it had a rich and often violent history, seemingly being used as a pawn between other nations while attempting to maintain an autonomy. They were back-stabbed by the Germans in WWII when they sided with the Nazis, thinking they were protected from Russia, but the Germans treated them like slaves, and , as they did with other countries, rounded up all of the Jews. I found out later grandpa was not from there.
      November 28, 2019 6:14 PM MST

  • 46231
    I learned that it is the poorest country in Europe and is NOW having to deal with Putin and TRUMP?  Like two vampires spoiling over a ripe victim.
      November 28, 2019 6:18 PM MST

  • 33008

    "The Ukraine"?  I thought that was incorrect, that Ukraine is the correct reference (without the).
      November 28, 2019 6:28 PM MST

  • 31641
    It is quite acceptable and it is the only way I have referred to it. I don't know why. That is one reason I thought my granpda was from there. Read Sharon's cut/paste wiki question. This post was edited by Element 99 at November 28, 2019 6:41 PM MST
      November 28, 2019 6:34 PM MST

  • 33008
    I am not going to read the cut and paste, I choose not to. The country was referred to as "The" Ukraine for many years and by many people, it is my understanding that Ukrainians themselves prefer that it be known as Ukraine. If I am incorrect, I will accept that. When you state that it's quite acceptable, I merely ask by whom. I am not stating that I am correct and that you are incorrect. 

      November 28, 2019 6:41 PM MST

  • 31641
      November 28, 2019 6:42 PM MST