geographical name
\ yü-ˈkrān How to pronounce Ukraine (audio) , ˈyü-ˌkrān, also yü-ˈkrīn \
variants: or Ukrayina \ ˌü-​krä-​ˈyē-​nä How to pronounce Ukraine (audio) \ or chiefly formerly the Ukraine

Definition of Ukraine

country in eastern Europe on the northern coast of the Black Sea; capital Kiev area 233,032 square miles (603,550 square kilometers), population 43,952,000

Note: Ukraine was a constituent republic of the U.S.S.R. from 1923 to 1991. 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 a preceding the, and this has become the more common styling.

see also ukrainian

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“Ukraine.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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