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declared its independence from the Soviet Union in 1991, shortly before
its dissolution. It is located at the boundary between Central and
Eastern Europe, roughly between Poland and Russia, on the north side of
the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov. With a territory slightly larger than
that of France, it is the largest country contained wholly within
Some interesting facts and figures
- In the 11th century, Kyiv, the
present-day capital of Ukraine, was the centre of the largest political
entity in mediaeval Europe and one of the world's most impressive
- In the 17th century the Kyiv
Mohyla Academy was the leading intellectual centre of the Eastern
- The lunar orbit rendezvous
technique used by NASA to land astronauts on the Moon in 1968 was
first proposed in 1919 by the Ukrainian Yuriy Kondratiuk.
- The earliest digital
electronic computer in continental Europe was built in 1950 in Ukraine
by a team led by Serhiy Lebedev.
- "Borshch" (beetroot soup),
although it is popular in many Eastern European countries, almost
certainly originated in Ukraine. There are said to be over 40
different Ukrainian varieties, including "Kyiv borshch", "Poltava
borshch" and even "green borshch".
Links relating to Ukraine
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