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10 Facts About Ukraine

Author: 24.08.2016 | Ukraine
Over several years of our project’s operation we have created large amount of features, both texts and visuals, about various countries, visited numerous cities, got acquainted with huge number of peoples. And now, on the day of 25th anniversary of Ukrainian independence, Outlook with love and joy continues its series of features with the one about native country. Most interesting facts about Ukraine and Ukrainians are next to come.

 Despite the fact that for centuries Ukraine lacked own independent state and had lived under the influence of several empires at a time, its people has always strived for democracy. World’s first prototype of Constitution – a document that regulates fundamental internal laws and freedoms, was written by a Ukrainian of all others, by Pylyp Orlyk, Hetman of Zaporizhian Cossacks and a public figure. It happened in distant 1710, 77 years prior to the USA.

Should we judge by number of degree certificates per capita –Ukrainians are currently one of the most educated nations on Earth. This thirst for knowledge is probably in their blood because as far back as in 1576 it was on its territory, not far from present-day city Rivne where famous Ostroh Academy was opened that was in fact the first higher education institution in entire Eastern Europe.

 In a small Ukrainian town called Rakhiv in Zakarpattska Oblast officially recognized geographical centre of Europe is located.

Ukrainian language is considered world’s second most melodic after Italian and third in terms of general beauty that is defined by such factors as phonetics, vocabulary and verbality. These are the conclusions that prominent philologists and language experts arrived at in 1934 during linguistic contest in Paris.

 The capital of Ukraine – Kiyv – is rightfully considered one of the most impressive cities on the planet. This historically rich and architecturally incredible metropolis has played an important role in both policy and economy of not just Ukraine but of Easter Europe as a whole at all times. Founded over 1200 years ago, it was the largest settlement in Europe in 9th-10th centuries outdoing Paris and London in terms of both territory and population by a number of times. Nowadays with its only officially estimated almost three million citizens it also ranks among largest cities of the continent.

 Kyiv subway station Arsenalna “lies” as deep as at 105 meters. It is the absolute world record among objects of this kind.

 Peaceful disposition is a major feature of Ukrainians. Should one dig even very deep into history, there will be hardly any war of conquest launched by this particular people discovered. However, Ukrainians, unfortunately, participated wars very often – in 99% of case those were liberation wars for own freedom. This exceptional pacifism is proved by the fact that back in 1990 Ukraine voluntarily gave up its nuclear weapons while possessing world’s third capabilities.

Nature really pushed the boat for Ukraine because such a beautiful and diverse ecosystem-wise country is yet to be sought. Majestic Dnipro, picturesque Carpathians, warm waters of two seas at the same time, thick green forests and even own desert! Where does a desert come from in Europe, you may ask? Well then, it’s high time you went to Khersonska Oblast, located in the south of the country, and visit national nature park Oleshky Sands there – you’ll get a bunch of impressions.

 Very recently international group of scientists discovered an underwater river in the depths of the Black Sea that washes the south of Ukraine. This unique natural phenomenon, one of a kind if we speak about worldwide ocean, is thoroughly researched now.

 Speaking of Ukraine we cannot but mention that in many respects this country is “the best of the best”. Take at least its dimensions – with the exception of Russia, that has its larger part located in Asia, Ukraine is Europe’s largest country. Its territory is about 0.41% of entire global land. And there are about 45 million Ukrainians inhabiting own motherland.

It will be interesting:
The Ambassador of Canada and Minister of infrastructure of Ukraine signed collective plan of actions on going through audit of International maritime organization
The Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Canada to Ukraine Roman Vaschuk and Minister of infrastructure of Ukraine Vladimir Omelyan signed collective plan of actions on Ukraine’s going through audit of International maritime organization. The signing of document happened on the 12-th of July in the room of Embassy of Canada to Ukraine.
In Kyiv NATO agency is opened
The delegation of North Atlantic Council, including 29 ambassadors of countries-NATO members guided by the general secretary Jens Stotenberg arrived to Kyiv. On the 10-th of July there was an official opening of NATO agency to Ukraine.
Ghetto of the World: Ukrainian Neighborhood in Chicago
Experience has proven that ethnic enclaves by and large are autonomous and closed-loop systems because living there one can stay non-assimilated and non-integrated into another culture at all. But that cannot be said about Ukrainian Village – Ukrainian district of Chicago, already famous around entire United States.
Things They Eat: Ukraine
Spoiled with home-made borshch, holubtsy and cotlets, we are under an illusion that we know Ukrainian cuisine like the tips of own fingers and there is nothing distinctive about it while in fact gastronomic heritage of our country is far richer than a grandma’s ingenuous menu. Time has come to recall original Ukrainian dishes that were undeservedly forgotten in the era of semi-cooked products and fast food.
In Embassy of Uzbekistan was held a concert dedicated to the Day of the Medical Worker of Ukraine
On the 18-th of June 2017 the Embassy of Uzbekistan to Ukraine on the occasion of Medical workers of Ukraine day organized the musical evening ‘Music is the boundless art’ for the teams of the Center of children cardiology and heart surgery of Healthcare Ministry of Ukraine and National Museum of history of Ukraine in the Second World War.
The Ambassador of Belarus met with the mayor of Lviv and the head of Lviv region
On the 15-th – 16-th of May 2017 the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Republic Belarus in Ukraine Igor Sokol visited Lviv region in the frame of which the meeting with the head of Lviv regional national administration Oleg Sinyutko and Mayor of Lviv Andrii Sadoviy.
The Embassy of Bulgaria along with Ukrpochta produced the stamp in honor of Bulgarian and Ukrainian diplomatic relations
The Ambassador of Bulgaria to Ukraine Krasimir Minchev along with the General director of Ukrpochta Igor Smelyanskyy represented in Kyiv the post-stamp dedicated to the establishment of diplomatic relations between Bulgaria and Ukraine.
In Kyiv with the participation of European states Ambassadors Europe Day was celebrated
In the capital of Ukraine with the participation of the Ambassadors of European countries, Kyiv city head, representatives of Ministries, national authorities, European Commission and international organizations the celebration of Europe Day was going. This year the official events clashed with song contest Eurovision and became finishing in its arrangement.
The first international scientific conference “Ukraine and Georgia: diplomatic relations, international ties, cultural diplomacy” was held
On 10-13 May, the International scientific conference “Ukraine and Georgia: diplomatic relations, international ties, cultural diplomacy” dedicated to the 25th anniversary of the establishment of the Ukrainian-Georgian diplomatic relations at the current stage of our countries’ development took place in Batumi.
VIDEO: Antique and industrial Kiev
When sending stuff to trash can or throwing it away to a dumpster we don’t suspect that it doesn’t always mean death for it, now and then even in the contrary – it is a beginning of a new life…
Christmas Eve and What’s to Follow
Christmas arrives with a warm overjacket on its shoulders. At night it brings warm light of the first evening star and in the morning it wakes you up with shine of white but warm sun. If my great-grandmonther’s grandmother had been asked about her Christmas feelings, I believe, her words would have been identical to mine. Because together with a bowl of kutia, generations of Ukrainians transfer their traditions from hand to hand.
In Kyiv the public discussion was going dedicated to 25-th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Lithuania and Ukraine
On the 13-th of December in Diplomatic academy of Ukraine there was a public discussion ‘Lithuania-Ukraine. 25 years of diplomatic relations’ organized by the embassy of Lithuania and Institute of world politics.
HUTSULS: UKRAINIAN HIGHLANDERS
How can we blame foreigners for not knowing our country, even if the native Ukrainians now and then mistakenly and stereotypically refer to all the inhabitants of the western regions of Ukraine as the Hutsuls. Hearing it, representatives of this ethnic group of Ukrainian, isolated by picturesque nature of the Carpathians, just smile. We suggest to climb up with to their mountain villages and get more acquainted.
ON CATWALK: UKRAINE
Traditional Ukrainian clothes are absolutely unique, bright and distinctive. So there is no surprise that they still remain relevant for both Ukrainian and foreign fashion-mongers. In recent years designers of the world create entire collection “based on” the main symbol – vyshyvanka (embroidered clothing) – and many celebrities now and then put on shirts with magic ornamentation believing them to be the summit of elegance.
The President of Ukraine accepted letters of credence from the Ambassador of the USA, Romania, Brazil, and Egypt
The President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko accepted the letters of credence from the Ambassadors of the USA Mary Jovanovich, Romania - Cristian-Leon Țurcanu, Brazil - Oswaldo Biato Junior, and Egypt – Hossam Eldin M. Ali. It is reported at the web-site of administration of the President of Ukraine.
If You Have 10 Dollars And You Are in Lviv
This year our native country – Ukraine – celebrates 25th anniversary of its independence. Outlook, though by all means being an international and cosmopolitic project, does not forget own roots and launches a special project dedicated to jubilee of our beautiful country. First feature within the framework of this series – a story of ways to spend 10 dollars in one of the brightest Ukrainian cities – in Lviv.
The heads of foreign diplomatic missions visited Transcarpathia
On 24–25 September 2016, the Directorate-General for Rendering Services to Diplomatic Missions organized a trip to the Transcarpathian region for 40 representatives of foreign states, including 28 Ambassadors Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary accredited to Ukraine.
Presentation of the Book Diplomatic Ukraine Takes Place
In the capital of Ukraine presentation of a new addition of annual publication Diplomatic Ukraine took place. The book has been published since 2000 and this year its sixteenth part saw the world in edition of thousand copies. Founder and initiator of the publication is Diplomatic Academy of Ukraine Ministry of foreign Affais.
Viatli Klitschko Meets with Representatives of Diplomatic Missions
Head of Kyiv City State Administration Vitali Klitschko held an official meeting with heads of diplomatic missions accredited in Ukraine. The event was dedicated to Mr. Klitschko's appointment as City Mayor of the capital.
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In every art there are formats and rules – once in “mainstream” an Artist won’t have to starve. Even more so in totalitarian times when every sphere of people’s life is controlled and affected and selfhood has to be forgotten as such. It is probably in the face of a system natural talents emerge for their work to become immortal. Today Outlook recalls one of them, artist Kateryna Bilokur.
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