A few things about Ukraine 

Ukraine is known to the international society for few things. Among which are the Orange Revolution and Cheronbyl. Those who come to Ukraine or plan their visit to Ukraine definitely know about the Orange Revolution and are wary about Chernobyl. I extend my hope in so far as to suggest that there are many people outside this country who know our boxers brothers Klichko, a footballer Andrey Shevchenko and a figure skater Oksana Baiul.

It still remains incomprehensible to most people who arrive to Ukraine why it has not rebuilt itself after the Orange Revolution? Not only you but the residents of Ukraine themselves do not know the answer. Why has not its economy taken off like Poland and Georgian and many others have? Because of the heavy corruption, we know the answer. But why has not this corruption been eliminated completely? There is no conceivable explanation. The country had the support and the power and unbelievable credibility from the international community, and yet it is down in the dumps on the list of the corrupted states.

Conversely, there are innumerable remarkable things Ukraine can be proud of. Some of them undoubtedly deserve international publicity. Few I’d like to list below.

  • Ukraine is one of the oldest countries in the Slavic World, much older than Russia. Its historic centre Kiev was the capital of Ancient Rus, or else known as Kievan Rus (IX-XII centuries);

  • Ukraine possesses one third of the world’s black soil;

  • Ukraine possesses one of the ten largest reserves of iron, manganese, uranium and coal;

  • Ukraine is among the top ten world steel producers;

  • Ukraine has an excellent geographic location (surprisingly as it may seem, Ukraine is located in the middle of Europe, in fact, the middle European meridian crosses the Ukrainian land. Many people argue, however, that this “middle land” location between the East and the West is more the curse than the blessing as it destinies the country to be in the eye of the storm of any geopolitical realignment, in addition, making the land attractive to many neighboring countries to establish their influence);

  • There are numerous underground monasteries, burials and relics in Ukraine. Some of them date back to the 10th- 18th centuries and some of the dates are lost in the centuries like the date of the foundation of the most famous Svyatogorsky monastery. There are cave-monasteries in Crimea (the Black Sea region of Ukraine) which date to the medieval time and even to the 6th century. Without exaggeration, Ukraine is percolated with underground monasteries and caved temples);

  • Trypilska (Tripolskaya) Culture. Ukraine is located on the territory of one of the first world's civilizations - Trypilska Culture which was flourishing in about 5 400 to 2 750 years BC! Trypilska Culture is older than Egyptian Culture and there are evidences that the first urban civilization and other important inventions were made particularly by the Trypilska Culture.

  • Ukraine has an access to the Black Sea through the peninsula Crimea;
  • For the past 2000 years, Ukraine occupies the territory previously occupied by Skiffs (after the Trypilska Culture) the geographical description of which can be found in “The Histories” by Herodotus;

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