Facts about Ukraine
Ukraine is the largest country that lies entirely in Europe. Throughout history, key events have unfolded on the territory of modern Ukraine. Today, a full-scale Russian-Ukrainian war is ongoing here, which impacts both Ukraine and the whole world.
Ukraine is the second largest country in Europe. Its area is 603,700 square km.
Ukraine is home to eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including the Saint-Sophia Cathedral in Kyiv and The Historic Center of Odesa.
Ukrainian borsch, a beetroot and vegetable soup and a symbol of Ukraine's cuisine, was added to UNESCO's intangible cultural heritage list in 2022.
Easter eggs are an essential attribute of culture in Ukraine. Here, they are called pysanky, and the tradition of egg painting is an absolute art.
Mount Hoverla is the highest peak in Ukraine, reaching 2,061 meters. Climbing Hoverla is a popular pastime activity for Ukrainians.
Arsenalna metro station in Kyiv is the deepest in the world, reaching 105.5 meters underground.
Ukraine is the “breadbasket of Europe” because it is a major grain producer. Its grain exports feed countries across Europe, Africa, and Asia.
Ukraine is also a world leader in the production and export of sunflower oil, even despite the war.
Ukraine's ties with Western Europe go back centuries. Rus’ princess Anne became Queen Consort of France in 1051, strengthening ties between now-Ukraine and Western Europe
The trembita, a marquee musical instrument of Hutsuls in Western Ukraine, is deemed the longest musical instrument in the world, with a length of 3 to 8 meters.
In 1853, pharmacists Jan Zeh and Ignacy Łukasiewicz invented the world’s first kerosene (petroleum) lamp in Lviv.
Ukraine built the largest airplane in the world, the An-225 Mriya. The Russian invaders destroyed Mriya at the beginning of the full-scale invasion early 2022.
One of the most unique tourist attractions in Ukraine is the so-called “Tunnel of Love” located near the village of Klevan in Rivne Oblast.
There is a ghost town in Ukraine called Pripyat. It was built in 1970 to support the nearby Chornobyl nuclear power plant and was abandoned after the nuclear disaster.
In 2008, a charity concert by Queen + Paul Rodgers that took place in Kharkiv attracted over 350,000 people, becoming one of the largest concerts in the band’s history.
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