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Ukraine tourist information with details about travel to and around the country. Where to stay and what to see is made easier with insider tips and hand-selected Ukraine links, by dedicated editors and visitors to TravelNotes.org - The Online Guide to Travel.

Map of Ukraine

Map of Ukraine.

The capital of Ukraine is Kiev.

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Ukraine Flag

Flag of Ukraine.

The flag of Ukraine is two equal horizontal bands of azure (top) and golden yellow (bottom); representing grain fields under a blue sky.

Ukraine - Background Information

Ukraine was the centre of the first eastern Slavic state, Kyivan Rus, which during the 10th and 11th centuries was the largest and most powerful state in Europe.

Weakened by internecine quarrels and Mongol invasions, Kyivan Rus was incorporated into the Grand Duchy of Lithuania and eventually into the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth.

The cultural and religious legacy of Kyivan Rus laid the foundation for Ukrainian nationalism through subsequent centuries.

A new Ukrainian state, the Cossack Hetmanate, was established during the mid-17th century; after an uprising against the Poles. Despite continuous Muscovite pressure, the Hetmanate managed to remain autonomous for well over 100 years.

During the latter part of the 18th century, most Ukrainian ethnographic territory was absorbed by the Russian Empire.

Following the collapse of czarist Russia, in 1917, Ukraine was able to bring about a short-lived period of independence (1917-20), but was reconquered and forced to endure a brutal Soviet rule that engineered two artificial famines (1921-22 and 1932-33); in which over 8 million died.

In World War II, German and Soviet armies were responsible for some 7 to 8 million more deaths.

Although final independence for Ukraine was achieved in 1991, with the dissolution of the USSR, democracy remained elusive as the legacy of state control and endemic corruption stalled efforts at economic reform, privatisation, and civil liberties.

A peaceful mass protest 'Orange Revolution' in the closing months of 2004 forced the authorities to overturn a rigged presidential election and to allow a new internationally monitored vote that swept into power a reformist slate under Viktor Yuschenko.

Subsequent internal squabbles in the Yuschenko camp allowed his rival Viktor Yanukovych to stage a comeback in parliamentary elections and become prime minister, in August of 2006.

Geographically

Eastern Europe - bordering the Black Sea; between Poland, Romania, and Moldova in the west, and Russia in the east.

Administrative Divisions

24 provinces:
(oblasti, singular - oblast')

Cherkasy; Chernihiv; Chernivtsi;  Dnipropetrovs'k; Donets'k; Ivano-Frankivs'k; Kharkiv; Kherson; Khmel'nyts'kyy; Kirovohrad; Kyiv; Luhans'k; L'viv; Mykolayiv; Odesa; Poltava; Rivne; Sumy; Ternopil'; Vinnytsya; Volyn' (Luts'k); Zakarpattya (Uzhhorod); Zaporizhzhya; Zhytomy.

1 autonomous republic:
(avtonomna respublika)

Crimea or Avtonomna Respublika Krym (Simferopol') - Returned to Russia.

2 municipalities:
(mista, singular - misto) with oblast status

Kyiv and Sevastopol'.

Note:
Administrative divisions have the same names as their administrative centres (exceptions have the administrative centre name in parentheses).

Independence

24th August, 1991 (from the Soviet Union).

National Holiday

Independence Day: 24th August.

Unity Day: 22nd January - celebrates the day Ukraine first declared its independence from Soviet Russia (1918) and the day the short-lived Western and Central Ukrainian republics united (1919).

Ukraine Travel

Chervona Ruta:
Ukraine Black Sea cruises on board comfortable four-deck motor ships MS Dnieper Princess, MS General Vatutin and MS Dnieper Star.

OdessaGate:
OdessaGate's mission is to provide tourists with comfortable and safe conditions during their stay in Odessa, Ukraine.

Ukraine Accommodation:
Reservation system of apartments and services for travellers in Odessa, Kiev, Kherson, Kharkov, Nikolaev, Lviv, Poltava and around Ukraine.

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