geographical name

yü-ˈkrān How to pronounce Ukraine (audio)
 also  yü-ˈkrīn
variants or Ukrayina or chiefly formerly the Ukraine
country in eastern Europe on the northern coast of the Black Sea; capital Kyiv area 233,032 square miles (603,550 square kilometers), population 43,952,000

Note: Ukraine was a constituent republic of the Soviet Union 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 25 May. 2024.

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