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What's Ukraine Known For in Europe?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Chernobyl - a Russian designed, Russian built, Russian maintained, and Russian operated time bomb!

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  • 1 decade ago

    Here are some interesting facts about Ukraine:

    Country facts:

    The name "Ukraine" is derived from the word "krai" which means border.

    Its capital is Kyiv (Kiev)

    Locaten in Eastern Europe, bordering the Black Sea, between Poland, Romania, and Moldova in the west and Russia in the east

    After the European part of Russia, Ukraine is the largest country in Europe. Once upon a time it was known as the "Breadbasket of Europe,"

    Crimea is an autonomous republic within Ukraine. (Crimea was annexed by Russia in 1783 and transferred to Ukraine in 1954).

    Languages spoken include Ukrainian, Russian, Polish, Romanian, Hungarian

    Ukranian History:

    he Stone Grave, sixteen kilometres from the city of Melitopol in the region of Zaporizhzhya, is an important archaeological site. The monument, also known as the Stone Library, contains petroglyphs (stone drawings) from ancient times.

    Homes made from mammoth bones found in Mezhirich, Ukraine, in 1965 are thought to be some of the oldest known dwellings in the world. The site, dating back fifteen thousand years, contained a number of artifacts including a map scratched on bone.

    Kyivan Rus, the Slavic State of the tenth and eleventh centuries, was centred in Ukraine. During this time Kyivan Rus was the most powerful state in Europe.

    famous people from Ukraine:

    Nijinsky (1890-1950), the famous ballet dancer, was born in Kyiv.

    Golda Meir (1898-1978), who became Israel's Prime Minister in 1969 and the world's second female Prime Minister, was born in Kyiv in Ukraine.

    Joseph Conrad - Before settling down in the UK the much-traveled writer Joseph Conrad was born and brought up in the Ukraine.

    Andy Warhol - The legendary pop artist, was half Ukranian

    Supermodel and actress Milla Jovovich (of wonderbra fame)- born in 17 December 1975 in Kiev. She is Ukranian

    Disasters:

    The accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in the Ukrainian republic of the USSR that produced radioactive debris that spread to parts of the western Soviet Union, Eastern Europe, and Scandinavia, took place on April 26, 1986, and was the worst nuclear power accident in history.

    However, the country worst affected by the accident is not Ukraine but Belarus, (Bylorussia) which became independent in 1991

    Just by the way, thought I'd mention this : Chicken Kiev - This famous method of preparing chicken, which is served in most Ukrainian restaurants, is not of Ukrainian origin as the name Kiev would imply. It was invented by a Frenchman and called Chicken Supreme. The name Chicken Kiev was given this method of preparing chicken by early New York restaurants to try to please the many Soviet immigrants.

    The name went back to Europe and is used in most places to describe Chicken Supreme!

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  • 1 decade ago

    Take this with a grain of salt (or more appropriately, perhaps some salt and a fresh lime, or a chaser of some sort...) but "The Tale Of Bygone Years notes that Prince Volodymyr of the Rus (the ancestors of Ukrainians and Russians) sent representatives to study the major religions of the world before settling on a new one for his domain.

    He examined but discarded the Islamic option with the words, "Drinking is the joy of the Rus. We cannot exist without that pleasure."

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  • celvin
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    1 decade ago

    maybe having one of the worst possible times during the 20th century Stalin's artificial famines , baring the brunt of the German assault during Barbarossa etc. Even the world's worst nuke accident. It must bear a lot of scars. But it always had the handle of "bread basket" due to its importance in wheat growing which may be the answer you're looking for !!

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