Pictures from Ukraine

Last updated Mar 29, 2022 | Published on Mar 29, 2018North and Central Europe, Photo Galleries, Ukraine

This collection of pictures from Ukraine concentrates on the capital of Kyiv and the Chernobyl evacuation zone. 

Have a look at all Ukraine entries. You will find this picture gallery page, an article from a World Heritage Site and regular travelogues.

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Images from a few days in the capital of Kiev and an excursion to the nuclear disaster zone at Chernobyl

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Fast facts about Ukraine

Want to learn more than just a look at pictures from Ukraine? Learn about the country on Wikipedia. Here is an introduction based on it.

Orientation

Ukraine is a country in Eastern Europe. It is the second-largest country by area in Europe after Russia, which it borders to the east and north-east. Ukraine also shares borders with Belarus to the north; Poland, Slovakia, and Hungary to the west; Romania and Moldova to the south; and has a coastline along the Sea of Azov and the Black Sea. It spans an area of 603,628 km2. With a population of 43 million, Ukraine is the eighth-most populous country in Europe. The nation’s capital and largest city is Kyiv.

History

The territory of modern Ukraine has been inhabited since 32,000 BC. During the Middle Ages, the area was a key centre of East Slavic culture. The loose tribal federation Kievan Rus’ formed the basis of Ukrainian identity. Reaching its height in the mid-11th century, the Kievan Rus’ gradually declined until its collapse from the Mongol invasion in the 13th century. Over the next 600 years, the area was contested, divided, and ruled by a variety of powers. They include the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth, Austria-Hungary, the Ottoman Empire, and Tsardom of Russia.

The Cossack Hetmanate emerged and prospered during the 17th and 18th centuries but was ultimately partitioned between Poland and the Russian Empire. In the aftermath of the Russian Revolution, a Ukrainian national movement for self-determination emerged, forming the internationally recognized Ukrainian People’s Republic on 23 June 1917. The short-lived state was forcibly reconstituted by the Bolsheviks into the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic, which became a founding member of the Soviet Union in 1922. Ukraine was the most populous and industrialised republic after the Russian Soviet Republic, until regaining its independence in 1991, following the dissolution of the Soviet Union.

Recent years

Following its independence, Ukraine formed a unitary republic under a semi-presidential system, with separation of powers into legislative, executive, and judicial branches. It declared itself a neutral state, forming a limited military partnership with Russia and other CIS countries while also establishing a partnership with NATO in 1994. In 2013, after President Viktor Yanukovych suspended the Ukraine–European Union Association Agreement in favor of closer economic ties with Russia, mass protests and demonstrations known as the Euromaidan erupted, escalating into the Revolution of Dignity that led to the overthrow of Yanukovych and the establishment of a new government.

These events formed the background for Russia’s annexation of Crimea in March 2014 and the War in Donbas the following month, a protracted conflict with Russian-backed separatists that culminated in a Russian invasion in February 2022. The country has continued to seek closer economic, political, and military ties with the West amid continuing war with Russia.

Ukraine in the world

Ukraine is a developing country with a lower-middle income economy, ranking 74th in the Human Development Index. It is among the poorest countries in Europe. It suffers from low life expectancy and widespread corruption. However, due to its extensive fertile land, Ukraine is one of the largest grain exporters in the world. It is a member of the United Nations, the Council of Europe, the OSCE, the GUAM organization, the Association Trio, and the Lublin Triangle.

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