Ukraine in Brief
 

Ukraine in Brief

Located in Eastern Europe, Ukraine is the largest country entirely within Europe. The region was first populated by the Varangians, as East Slavs and Greeks used to name the Vikings. The region was then ruled by different powers such as the Golden Horde, the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, and the Kingdom of Poland.

Later on, Ukraine was integrated into the Russian Empire and after the two World Wars, the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic was formed as a puppet state of the Soviet Union. Ukraine became independent again when the Soviet Union dissolved in 1991.

The official language is the Ukranian but there are other 18 recognized regional languages; its capital is Kyiv.

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