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History Of Ukraine

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Ukraine has a rich and proud history, beginning with the establishment of Kyivan Rus (perhaps established by Swedish Vikings) as the most powerful kingdom in Medieval Europe. While this kingdom was conquered by the Mongols, the western portion of Ukraine became part of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth from the 14th through the 18th centuries, and contemporary Ukraine owes it a debt of sorts. In the face of pressure from the rising Muscovy, a succeeding Ukrainian state was able to stay independent for more than a century, but the Russian Empire annexed most of Ukraine in the 18th century, to the cost of their culture and identity.

Soviet Union

Despite a short but precarious period of independence at the end of the czarist rule, Ukraine was included into the new USSR during the Russian Civil War in 1922, and was subjected to two catastrophic famines (1932-33 and 1946), as well as harsh warfare during World War II. As a Soviet republic, the Ukrainian language was frequently’sidelined’ in comparison to Russian, to varying degrees; Stalinist repressions during the 1930s, attempts at decentralisation during the Khrushchev administration, and re-tightening of control during the Brezhnev-Kosygin era of the 1970s and early 1980s. In any event, the historically bilingual region featured signage in both Russian and Ukrainian in almost every city, including Lviv, where Ukrainian is the most common. The Chernobyl disaster in 1986 was a severe disaster for the republic, but it was also generally seen as an incident that, in the long term, energized the population’s regional feeling and increased pressure on the central Soviet authorities to support autonomy.

Independent Ukraine

Ukraine proclaimed its autonomy inside the Soviet Union in July 1990, as a foreshadowing of events to come in the following year. Following the results of a referendum in November 1991 that showed overwhelming public support, Ukraine’s parliament, the Verkhovna Rada (Ukraine’s Parliament), proclaimed its independence once again in early December 1991. (90 percent in favour of independence). This statement became a tangible reality on December 25, 1991, when the Soviet Union officially ceased to exist. In the early years after independence, severe economic problems, hyperinflation, and oligarchic control reigned. The problems of cronyism, corruption, and suspected voting anomalies came to a climax during the hotly contested 2004 presidential election, when accusations of vote-rigging triggered the “Orange Revolution.” As a consequence of the revolution, opposition candidate Viktor Yushchenko was elected President. During the last five years, the “Orange alliance” has disintegrated, and Viktor Yushchenko has lost the support of the majority of Ukrainians. Ironically, his former adversary Viktor Yanukovich was elected President; ultimately, the pro-Russian Yanukovich was deposed in early 2014 following months of popular protest over his failure to complete a key trade agreement with the European Union, but his departure comes at a time when the nation’s treasury is empty and the government is in disarray.

How To Travel To Ukraine

By planeBoryspil International Airport in Kyiv is the cheapest method to fly into Ukraine. Budapest, Frankfurt, Milan, Munich, Prague, London, Rome, Vienna, and Warsaw are the main international hubs for these flights, with several flights per day of Austrian AUA, CSA Czech Airlines, LOT, Lufthansa, Alitalia, Air France, British...

Visa & Passport Requirements for Ukraine

Citizens of the European Union, the United States, Canada, Japan, South Korea, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Andorra, Vatican City, Monaco, Iceland, Norway, San Marino, Mongolia, Serbia, Montenegro, Georgia, Hong Kong, Israel, Paraguay, Brazil, Brunei, Chile, Argentina, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Panama, Turkey, and the Commonwealth of Independent States are no longer...

Destinations in Ukraine

Regions in UkraineCentral UkraineUkraine's political, economic, and cultural center, centered on the capital of Kyiv.Western UkraineFor centuries, non-Russian European nations (e.g., Poland, Lithuania, Hungary, Romania, Czechoslovakia, and Turkey) ruled the region; as a result, Central European architecture, food, language, and religion may be found here.Eastern UkraineThe highly industrialized and...

Accommodation & Hotels in Ukraine

Outside of Kiev, hotels may be a terrible experience for a westerner. The lower the price of the hotel, the greater the possibility of some unpleasant shocks, particularly for those unfamiliar with the Soviet-style quality of service that is still prevalent in many locations.Outside of Kiev, there are many...

Things To See in Ukraine

Ukraine, with its vast size and varied culture and landscapes, has a plethora of excellent things to offer. The country's major attractions include some outstanding and distinctively Slavic towns, significant cultural history, and, of course, world-class natural regions.Visit the ancient city of Lviv, which is a Unesco World Heritage...

Food & Drinks in Ukraine

Food in UkraineUkrainian food is very delicious, and it has many similarities with Russian cuisine. It utilizes a lot of fat components, much as other cuisines in the area, particularly in celebratory meals. Traditional local cuisine includes "salo" (salted lard) and soups such as "solianka" (солнка in Ukrainian, pork...

Money & Shopping in Ukraine

The hryvnia is the monetary unit (UAH). In Ukrainian, it is spelled pивн and pronounced hryvnia, whereas in Russian, it is spelled grivna. To add to the confusion, Russian speakers in the east often refer to it as ruble, and it is occasionally displayed as "" both before and...

Festivals & Holidays in Ukraine

DateEnglish nameUkrainian nameRemarksJanuary 1New Year's DayНовий Рік January 7ChristmasРіздвоReligious holidayMarch 8International Women's DayМіжнародний жіночий день moveableOrthodox EasterВеликденьReligious holidaymoveableEaster + 49 daysOrthodox PentecostТрійцяReligious holidayMay 1 & 2International Workers' DayДень міжнародної солідарності трудящих May 9Victory Day over Nazism in World War IIДень перемоги над нацизмом у Другій світовій війніTo commemorate the end of World...

Traditions & Customs in Ukraine

Respect the reality that Ukraine is a sovereign state. You may discover that individuals here are wary of being labeled as "Russians." Ukrainians have their own nationality and dislike being mistaken for Russians.Don't use the phrase "the Ukraine," since it suggests that Ukraine is a territory of Russia rather...

Internet & Communications in Ukraine

The major telecom operator is Ukrtelekom. Ukraine's country code is 380.Kyivstar and Vodafone are the two largest mobile phone providers in Ukraine.InternetThe overwhelming majority of Ukraine's land has mobile GPRS access. 3G mobile access is rapidly expanding. Cities are littered with public Wi-Fi hotspots. There are plans and initiatives...

Language & Phrasebook in Ukraine

The official language is Ukrainian. Russian, Romanian, Polish, and Hungarian are spoken near neighboring nations. Russian is a close cousin of Ukrainian and is often used as a first language in Ukraine's south and east. It is fair to assume that almost any Ukrainian will understand Russian; however, keep...

Culture Of Ukraine

Ukrainian traditions are strongly influenced by Christianity, the country's main religion. Gender roles are considerably more conventional, and grandparents play a larger part in child rearing than in the West. Ukraine's culture has also been affected by its eastern and western neighbors, as shown by its architecture, music, and...

Stay Safe & Healthy in Ukraine

Stay Safe in UkraineMany individuals would advise you to bring a copy of your visa with you. Unfortunately, some individuals have difficulty with this. It's usually a good idea to have your passport on hand. As evidence of identification, a photocopy may be rejected. A phone call to a...

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