geographical name \yü-ˈkrān, ˈyü-ˌ, also yü-ˈkrīn\

Definition of UKRAINE

country E Europe on N coast of Black Sea; a constituent republic of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics 1923–91 Kiev area 233,089 square miles (603,701 square kilometers), pop 45,858,000

Usage Discussion of UKRAINE

In the past Ukraine was frequently referred to as the Ukraine; however, since Ukraine declared independence in 1991, most newspapers and magazines have adopted the style of referring to Ukraine without the the, and this has become the more common styling.

Variants of UKRAINE

Ukraine or Ukra·yi·na \ˌü-krä-ˈyē-nä\ or chiefly formerly the Ukraine


geographical name    (Concise Encyclopedia)

/div>Country, eastern Europe. Area: 233,062 sq mi (603,628 sq km). Population: (2009 est.) 46,029,000. Capital: Kiev (Kyiv). Ukrainians make up more than three-fourths of the population; there is a significant minority of Russians. Languages: Ukrainian (official), Russian, Romanian, Polish, Hungarian, Belarusian, Bulgarian. Religions: Christianity (mostly Eastern Orthodox; also other Christians, Roman Catholic, Protestant), Islam. Currency: hryvnya. Ukraine consists of level plains and the Carpathian Mountains, which extend through the western region for more than 150 mi (240 km). The Dnieper (Dnipro), Southern Buh (Pivdennyy Buh), Donets, and Dniester (Dnistro) are the major rivers. The Donets Basin in the east-central region is one of the major heavy-industrial and mining-metallurgical complexes of Europe. There iron ore and coal are mined, and natural gas, petroleum, iron, and steel are produced. Ukraine is a major producer of winter wheat and sugar beets. It is a unitary multiparty republic with one legislative body; its head of state is the president, and the head of government is the prime minister. Different parts of the area were invaded and occupied in the 1st millennium BCE by the Cimmerians, Scythians, and Sarmatians and in the 1st millennium CE by the Goths, Huns, Bulgars, Avars, Khazars, and Magyars (Hungarians). Slavic tribes settled there after the 4th century. Kiev was the chief town. The Mongol conquest in the mid-13th century decisively ended Kievan power. From the 14th to the 18th century, portions of Ukraine were ruled by Lithuania, Poland, and Russia. In addition, Cossacks controlled a largely self-governing territory known as the Hetmanate. Most of Ukraine fell to Russian rule in the 18th century. In the aftermath of World War I and the Russian Revolution of 1917, most of the Ukrainian region became a republic of the Soviet Union, though parts of western Ukraine were divided between Poland, Romania, and Czechoslovakia. Ukraine suffered a severe famine in 1932–33 under Soviet leader Joseph Stalin. Overrun by Axis armies in 1941 during World War II, it was further devastated before being retaken by the Soviets in 1944. By the end of the war, the borders of the Ukrainian S.S.R. had been redrawn to include the western Ukrainian territories. Ukraine was the site of the 1986 Chernobyl accident at a Soviet-built nuclear power plant. In 1991 Ukraine declared independence. The turmoil it experienced in the 1990s as it attempted to implement economic and political reforms culminated in the disputed presidential election of 2004; mass protests over the results came to be known as the Orange Revolution. The effects of the revolution were short-lived, however, and political differences continued to rend the country.


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