This Southeastern European country consists mainly of fertile black soil steppes. Mountain ranges are the Carpathians in the southwest and the Crimean chain in the south. Ukraine has borders with Belarus, Russia, the Black Sea, Moldova, Romania, Hungary, Slovakia and Poland.
Between the mountain ranges lies the heartland of Ukraine, approximately the size of France. It is a rich flat region stretching for 1,600 kilometers (1,000 miles), known as the steppe. Ukraine used to be called the breadbasket of the Soviet Union and it still has vast grain fields as well as huge deposits of coal and iron for its heavy industry.
Facts about Ukraine
||Kyiv (Kiev), 3,296,100 (metropolitan area), 2,618,000 (city proper)
||Kharkiv, 1,435,200; Odessa, 1,022,300; Donetsk, 984,900; Lvov, 700,100
||233,090 sq mi (603,700 sq km)
|Form of Government:
||coal, electric power, ferrous and nonferrous metals, machinery and transport equipment
||grain, sugar beets, sunflower seed; beef
||ferrous and nonferrous metals, fuel and petroleum products, chemicals, machinery and transport equipment
|GDP per Capita:
||Ukrainian 77.8%, Russian 17.3%, Belorussian 0.6%, Moldovan 0.5%, Crimean Tatar 0.5%, Bulgarian 0.4%, Hungarian 0.3%, Romanian 0.3%, Polish 0.3%, Jewish 0.2%, other 1.8% (2001)
||Ukrainian, Russian, Romanian, Polish, Hungarian
||Ukrainian Orthodox, Ukrainian Greek Catholic 6%, Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox 2%, Protestant, Jewish, none 38%
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