• Ukraine at a glance
    Capital & largest city: Kyiv
    Population: 42 million
    Currency: Ukrainian hryvnia (UAH)
    Official language: Ukrainian
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    In area, Ukraine is the largest country located entirely within Europe
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    Ukraine's capital city Kiev is also its largest city by population







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    The national drink of Ukraine is Horilka. It is often flavored with chilli pepper
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    The Ukrainian anthem consists of only six lines, one of the shortest in the world
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    Arsenalna, a station on Kiev’s Sviatoshynsko-Brovarska line, is the world’s deepest train station at 105.5 metres below ground.
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    The Tunnel of Love in the forests of Ukraine is a major tourist attraction. The rail road is for a private train that provides wood for a local factory.
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    Livadia Palace in Yalta was the venue for Yalta Conference in 1945, where Churchill, Stalin and Roosevelt met.
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    Kiev’s main street, Khreshchatyk Street, is just 1.2 km long. It stretches from the European Square to Bessarabska Square
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    Vyshyvanka is the Ukrainian national costume. It is decorated with hand woven floral embroidery
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    Kiev was home to the world’s longest and heaviest airplane ever built, the Antonov An-225 Mriya.
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    The sword of the Motherland Monument was cut because its tip was higher than the cross of the Kiev Pechersk Lavra
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    Kyiv Pechersk Lavra is one of the biggest Orthodox monasteries in the world. It has an extensive cave network.
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    Ivana Kupala Day is one of Ukraine’s traditional celebrations. Boys and girls join hands in pairs. If a couple jumps over the fire without letting go their hands, their love will last forever.
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    The city of Lviv has the most cafes in the world per capita. Lviv’s most famous cafe, Masoch Cafe, was named after Leopold von Sacher-Masoch (The word masochism was derived from his name)
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    Kharkiv, the second-largest city in Ukraine, was the first capital of the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic
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    Odesa is the third most populous city of Ukraine and is sometimes called the "pearl of the Black Sea" and "Southern Palmyra"
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    Dnipropetrovsk is Ukraine's 4th largest city by population
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    Donetsk is the fifth-largest city in Ukraine by population
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    Zaporizhia is the sixth largest city in Ukraine by population
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    Lviv, the seventh largest city in Ukraine, is the cultural capital of Ukraine.
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    Kryvyi Rih is the main steel-industry city of Eastern Europe
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    Mykolaiv, also known as Nikolaev, is the main ship building center of the Black Sea.
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    Ukrainian Myrola Syadristy shoed a flea. His miniature works can be seen in the Kyiv museum of micro-miniature.
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    Ukrainian was once known as the breadbasket of Europe. So Ukraine was forced to feed the Soviet Union under Stalin resulting in the the Great Famine, otherwise known as Holodomor, in 1932 and 1933 that killed as many as 7.5 million Ukrainians. The famine is considered a genocidal act.
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    Chernobyl, the site of the world’s worst nuclear power plant disaster, is in Ukraine.
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    The city of Lviv has the most cafes in the world per capita. Lviv’s most famous cafe, Masoch Cafe, was named after Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, the 19th-century writer from Lviv. His best known work, “Venus in Furs,” features a couple with odd penchant for sexual pleasure derived from pain, and led a Viennese professor of psychology, Richard von Krafft-Ebing, to coin the term “masochism” as a description of what he viewed as a deviant clinical condition. In Masoch-café you can ask to be put in chains,while you are enjoying your coffee.
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    The first gas lamp was invented in Lviv by a local pharmacist in a store named “At The Golden Star”. Today there’s a cafe named “Gasova L’ampa” (gas lamp) situated in the same building.
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    Ukraine was home to one of the world’s first ever constitutions, in the form of the Constitution of Pylyp Orlyk, written by a Ukrainian Cossack in 1710. It established a democratic standard for the separation of powers in government between the legislative, executive and judiciary branches, an idea perhaps made more famous by Montesquieu’s Spirit of the Laws, which was published in 1748.
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    One of the most fun traditional celebrations is Ivana Kupala Day. Boys and girls jump over a fire. If a couple jumps over the fire without letting go their hands, their love and marriage will last a lifetime. Later at night everyone goes searching for the fern flower. It is said to bloom only during this night for a few hours and is guarded by evil forces. The one, who finds it, will be able to talk to any creatures alive and spot any treasure hidden under the ground.
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    Ukrainian national costume is called “vyshyvanka“. It’s a plain white shirt made of linen and decorated with floral or ornamental hand-sewn embroidery. They are worn by both men and women on numerous occasions. Another part of the traditional women costume is “vinok” – a wreath made of real or fake flowers with long colorful ribbons attached to the back of it.
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    Trembita is the longest musical instrument in the world. Hutsul ethnicity from the Carpathian Mountains loves to play.
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    Top 10 cities of Ukraine (2015 est.)
    Kiev: 3 million
    Kharkiv: 1.5 million
    Odessa: 1.1 million
    Dnipropetrovsk: 1 million
    Donetsk: 1 million
    Zaporizhia: 800,000
    Lviv: 780,000
    Kryvyi Rih: 700,000
    Mykolaiv: 500,000
    Mariupol: 500,000