Ukraine is the biggest European country (apart from Russia which is not entirely within Europe) located in Eastern Europe with population over 44 million people. Due to it’s location and size, Ukraine has direct borders with 7 other countries – Belarus, Hungary, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Russia and Slovakia; and also having the access the Black Sea and Sea of Azov.
Ukraine has gone through quite a rich history being previously part of the Russian Empire. After short periods of independence and Soviet affiliation, Ukraine eventually achieved its final independence at the end of the Cold War in 1991 when the Soviet Republic has dissolved.
Ukraine is officially a unitary republic with a president as a head of state.
The country has recently been the centre of several protest which eventually led into a revolution in early 2014 and then followed by new president elections.
All protests were caused by the government decision to backtrack on the Ukraine-European Union Association Agreement in order to pursue closer economic ties with Russia.
The modern nation occupies a strategic position as a link between Europe and Asia. Considering the previous relations with Russia, Russian (with 17%) is the second largest ethnic group there right after Ukrainian.
Ukrainian is also the official language, although followed by Russian as regional language.The whole Ukraine‘s population is with slight exceptions Christian.
This had a strong influence on the country’s appearance, mostly in terms of architecture and arts. On the other hand The nation homes to some of most beautiful places with a great range of tourist activities as well as destinations.
And while some regions are advised as off-limits by western Nations due to separatist clashes, most of this vast country is open for business and very peaceful.