The map shows Ukraine, a country at the crossroads between Europe and Asia situated in eastern Europe, north of the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov. Ukraine's fertile land was known as the breadbasket of the Soviet Union; now it became the breadbasket of Europe.
With an area
of 600,000 km², it is the second-largest country in Europe
after European Russia
, twice the size of Italy
or slightly smaller than the US state
. Ukraine borders Belarus
, and Slovakia
The landscape of Ukraine consists mainly of plains and plateaus, except the Carpathians in the west. Mount Hoverla (Hora Hoverla) is at 2.061 m (6.760 ft.), the highest peak in the country.
Ukraine's major rivers are the Dniester, the Southern Bug (Pivdennyi Buh), the Desna, the Donets, and the Dnieper (Dnipro), a vital waterway and the longest river in Ukraine with its large water reservoirs the Kremenchuk Reservoir and the Kakhovka Reservoir.
Ukraine has a population
42 million people (in 2020), the capital and largest city is Kiev
(Kyiv) with a population of 2,8 million, the city is a major industrial, scientific, educational, and cultural center in Eastern Europe. Spoken languages
are Ukrainian (official), Russian is widely spoken, especially in eastern and southern parts of the country.
Depicted on the map are Ukraine with surrounding countries, as well as the Russian occupied Crimean peninsula and the region in eastern Ukraine under the control of pro-Russian activists.
Monument of Independence on Maidan Nezalezhnosti, the central square of Kiev.
Photo: © Ralf Roletschek
Cities and towns in Ukraine
The map shows the location of following Ukrainian cities:
Ukraine's largest cities are (with a population of over 1 million): Kyiv
(Kiev), Kharkiv (Kharkov), Dnipropetrovsk, Odesa (Odessa), and Donetsk, the capital city of the unrecognized Donetsk People's Republic (not to be confused with the Russian town of Donets'k at the Ukrainian border near Luhansk).
Other Cities and towns: Alchevsk, Berdyansk, Berdychiv, Bila Tserkva, Brovary, Cherkasy, Chernihiv, Chernivtsi, Chornobyl (Chernobyl), Dniprodzerzhynsk, Drohobych, Dzhankoy, Feodosiya, HorlivkaIzmayil, Ivano-Frankivsk, Kalush, Kerch, Kherson, Khmelnytskyi, Kirovohrad, Kolomyya, Konotop, Korosten, Kostyantynivka, Kovel, Kramatorsk, Krasnyi Luch, Kremenchuk, Kryvyi Rih, LozovaIzyum, Lubny, Luhansk, Lutsk, Lviv, Makiyivka, Marhanets, Mariupol, Melitopol, Mukacheve, Mykolayiv, Nikopol, Nizhyn, Nova Kakhovka, Novohrad-Kamianets-Podilskyi, Pavlohrad, Pervomaysk, Poltava, Pryluky, Reni, Rivne, Romny, Sevastopol , Shostka, Simferopol, Sloviansk, Smila, Stakhanov, Starobilsk, Stryi, Sumy, Ternopil, Uman, Uzhhorod, Vinnytsia, Volynskyi, Yalta, Yenakiieve, Yevpatoriya, Zaporizhzhia, Zhovti Vody, and Zhytomyr.