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Destination Ukraine, this page is about many aspects of the "Rus" country. Here you will find comprehensive information about "Ukraina" in its diversity: geography, economy, science, people, culture, environment, government and history.
You will have access to newspapers from Ukraine and you will find travel and tourism information.

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Ukraine | Ukrayina

Country Profile

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Ukraine, a country in Eastern Europe, and the second largest country in Europe after Russia. The Crimean Autonomous Republic - encompassing the Crimean Peninsula, or Crimea, in the South -is included in Ukraine's borders.
Richly endowed in natural resources, Ukraine has been fought over and subjugated for centuries; its 20th-century struggle for liberty is not yet complete. A short-lived independence from Russia (1917-1920) was followed by brutal Soviet rule that engineered two artificial famines (1921-22 and 1932-33) in which over 8 million died, and World War II, in which German and Soviet armies were responsible for some 7 million more deaths.
Although independence was attained in 1991 with the dissolution of the USSR, true freedom remains elusive as many of the former Soviet elite remain entrenched, stalling efforts at economic reform, privatization, and civic liberties.

border countries: Belarus, Hungary, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovakia


Where in the world is Ukraine?

Official Name:
int'l form: Ukraine
formerly: Carpathian Ukraine, Ukrainian Socialists Soviet Republic.

ISO Country Code: ua

Local Time = UTC +2h
Actual Time: Thu-Jan-29  22:22
Daylight Saving Time (DST) March - October (UTC +3)

Country Calling Code: +380

Capital City: Kiev (Kyiv)

Other Cities:
Dnipropetrovsk, Donetsk, Kharkiv, Lviv, Odesa

Type: Presidential-parliamentary.
Independence: August 24, 1991.
Constitution: First post-Soviet constitution adopted June 28, 1996.

Location: Eastern Europe, bordered on the West by Poland, Slovakia, and Hungary; on the Southwest by Romania and Moldova; on the South by the Black Sea and Sea of Azov; on the East and Northeast by Russia; and on the North by Belarus.
Area: 603,000 km² (233,100 sq mi)
Terrain: mostly flat; 95% of lands are plains and 5% are mountainous.

Climate: two climatic zones: moderate and subtropical (southern shore of Crimea)

Nationality: Ukrainian(s)
Population: 45.4 million (2014)
Ethnic Groups: Ukrainians, Russians, Belarusians, Moldovans, Hungarians, Bulgarians, Jews, Poles, Crimean Tatars, and other groups.
Religions: Ukrainian Orthodoxy, Ukrainian Greek Catholicism, Judaism, Roman Catholicism, Islam
Languages: Ukrainian (official), Russian, others
Literacy: 98%

Agriculture products: Grain, sugar, sunflower seeds.
Natural resources: Coal, iron ore, oil and gas, gravel, salt; biggest ozocerite and brimstone deposits in the world.

Currency: Hryvnia (UAH)

(Source: Embassy of Ukraine and others)

Note: Because the political situation in the country some server or sites can be down or are not available at the moment.
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Official Sites of Ukraine

President of Ukraine
Victor Yushchenko's office.

Verkhovna Rada - Parliament of Ukraine
Supreme Council of Ukraine is is Ukraine's parliament. (Ukrainian)

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine

Diplomatic Missions
Mission of Ukraine to the UN
Ukraine's Permanent Mission to the United Nations.
Embassy of Ukraine
Ottawa, Canada
Embassy of Ukraine
Washington D.C.

 Administrative Map of Ukraine
Map showing the administrative divisions of Ukraine.
 Map of Ukraine
Political Map of Ukraine.

Google Earth Google Earth Ukraine
Searchable map and satellite view of Ukraine.
 Map of Crimea
Map of the Crimean peninsula.
Google Earth Google Earth Crimea peninsula
Searchable map and satellite view of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea.

Google Earth Google Earth Kiev
Searchable map and satellite view of Kiev.
Google Earth Google Earth Odessa
Searchable map and satellite view of the city at the Black Sea.
Google Earth Google Earth Sevastopol
Searchable map and satellite view of the port city at the Black Sea.
Google Earth Google Earth Simferopol
Searchable map and satellite view of the capital city of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea.

Map of Central and Eastern Europe
Map of Europe
Political Map of Europe.


The Day
Ukrainian daily newspaper.
Kyiv Post
National daily newspaper.
Ukrainian National News Agency.

BBC News
BBC current news from Ukraine.


Arts & Culture

Art Palace
Ukrainian Artists.
Trypillia culture (Trypil'ska kultura)
Ukraine's Neolithic culture.


Business & Economy

National Bank of Ukraine
Ukrainian Stock Exchange
Ukrainian Stock Exchange Kiew.

Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Kherson Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Ukraine International Airlines
Ukraine's leading international airline operates direct flights to most major cities in Europe.
Aerosvit Airlines
Largest Ukrainian carrier based in Kiev.

International State airport Boryspil
Ukraine's international airport in Kiev.

"LOT" Transportation Company was established in 1993 and was the first private company in Nikolayev region.

National Space Agency of Ukraine
Development of state policy concepts in the sphere of research and peaceful uses of space, as well as in the interests of national security.

Destination Ukraine - Country Guides

Tourism Administration Ukraine

Official tourism information (in Ukrainian)

Travel to Ukraine
A guide to the Ukraine
Ukrainian Language, Culture and Travel Page
Site about Ukraine compiled by Linda Hodges.
General facts about Ukraine.
Welcome to Ukraine
Information and Links.

Hotels in Ukraine
Find a Hotel in Ukraine.

Travel and Tour Consumer Information


Ivan Franko National University of L'viv
Founded in 1661.
Kharkiv National University
Taras Shevchenko Kyiv University
Institution of higher education.
Sumy State University
Sumy State University (SSU) is situated in Sumy city in North-East of Ukraine and is a leading higher education establishment of the region.
Uzhgorod National University
Uzhhorod, founded in October 18,1945.

WWW Sites of Ukrainian Educational and Scientific Institutions


Chernobyl Information Center
You are in Chernobyl.



History of Ukraine
Ukrainian embassy page about Ukraine's history from the oldest period of Ukrainian history to independence.


Ukraine Online
Ukraine Internet Directory.
Ukrainian Websites (Ukrainian).
Ukrainian Search.

Newsgroup of Ukraine

Additional Information on Ukraine

BBC News - Country Profile: Ukraine
Governments on the WWW: Ukraine
Open Directory Project: Ukraine
REENIC Ukraine
Wikipedia: Ukraine
The World Factbook -- Ukraine
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Why is it, that Gay and Lesbian people still are victims of persecution, harassment, and assaults occasioning actual bodily harm or worse?
Our world would be much poorer and colder without the creativity and ingenuity of the colorful LGBT* culture.
So, get up, stand up, and don't let it happen again and again and again.

Nature made sure, that all men are able to love each other without distinction of gender. This ability empowers humans to care for and to help each other. Natures gift simply secures the survival of the species.
But in some societies this natural law has been neglected by religions, governments and other interest groups in favour for better controllable straight-laced communities.

But if you know what life is worth, You will look for yours on earth
(lyrics from the song Get Up, Stand Up)
Bob Marley

* LGBT - acronym for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender

Declaration of Human Rights

Article I
All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.

Article 2
Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status.