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Ukraine, a unknown gem in Eastern Europe with a turbulent past and future

Ukraine is Europa's second largest country and located in the Eastern Europe. It is surrounded by Russia, Belarus, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania and Moldova. The country has throughout history been part of many empires, but in 1991 it became an independent country. The capital of Ukraine is Kiev which is a large metropolitan city with around 2.8 million people. Kiev is the main city to visit and a good second would be Lviv. Other cities to visit are Chernihiv, Chernivtsi, Odessa and Ivano-Frankivsk. Although Ukraine is not proud of it, it is possible to visit the surroundings of the nuclear power plant of Chernobyl and see the concrete sarcophagus of reactor number 4, Rossokha village with it scrapyard of military vehicles and the abandoned ghost town of Pripyat. Ukraine was well developed in medieval times and some of the fortresses such as the Khotyn Fortress in Khotyn and the Kamianets-Podilskyi castle in Kamianets-Podilskyi take you back centuries in time. To go outdoors best visited is are the Carpathian mountains where you can go hiking, fishing, hunting and skiing. Ukraine is also renown for its dating industry. Getting around Ukraine is best done by train, although it can be difficult to get some train tickets as train do sell out, so try to book ahead. The alternative is travel by coach, but unfortunately the quality of the roads varies considerably from place to place, so be prepared for a bumpy bus ride. Ukraine is best visited in the summer from May to September as it can get very cold outside of these months. The currency in Ukraine is the Hryvnia. Compared the central Europe there is one hour time difference (CET+1, GMT+2).

Ukraine photo gallery

Kiev photo gallery with  city tour of the St. Andrews church, the Great patriotic war museum, Khreschatyk, Sophia's cathedral, St. Michaels square and the Kiev Pechersk Lavra.

The capital of Ukraine which is filled with culture and history. This city has many of the churches, squares and museums typical for this culture.