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Ukraine was the center of the first eastern Slavic state, Kyivan Rus, which during the 10th and 11th centuries was the largest and most powerful state in Europe. Weakened by internecine quarrels and Mongol invasions, Kyivan Rus was incorporated into the Grand Duchy of Lithuania and eventually into the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. The cultural and religious legacy of Kyivan Rus laid the foundation for Ukrainian nationalism through subsequent centuries. A new Ukrainian state, the Cossack Hetmanate, was established during the mid-17th century after an uprising against the Poles. Despite continuous Muscovite pressure, the Hetmanate managed to remain autonomous for well over 100 years. During the latter part of the 18th century, most Ukrainian ethnographic territory was absorbed by the Russian Empire. Following the collapse of czarist Russia in 1917, Ukraine was able to achieve a short-lived period of independence (1917-20), but was reconquered and forced to endure a brutal Soviet rule that engineered two forced famines (1921-22 and 1932-33) in which over 8 million died. In World War II, German and Soviet armies were responsible for some 7 to 8 million more deaths. Although final independence for Ukraine was achieved in 1991 with the dissolution of the USSR, democracy and prosperity remained elusive as the legacy of state control and endemic corruption stalled efforts at economic reform, privatization, and civil liberties. A peaceful mass protest "Orange Revolution" in the closing months of 2004 forced the authorities to overturn a rigged presidential election and to allow a new internationally monitored vote that swept into power a reformist slate under Viktor YUSHCHENKO. Subsequent internal squabbles in the YUSHCHENKO camp allowed his rival Viktor YANUKOVYCH to stage a comeback in parliamentary elections and become prime minister in August of 2006. An early legislative election, brought on by a political crisis in the spring of 2007, saw Yuliya TYMOSHENKO, as head of an "Orange" coalition, installed as a new prime minister in December 2007. Viktor YANUKOVUYCH was elected president in a February 2010 run-off election that observers assessed as meeting most international standards. The following month, the Rada approved a vote of no-confidence prompting Yuliya TYMOSHENKO to resign from her post as prime minister.


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Airports World Ranking: 21
412 (2012)

Airports - with paved runways
Total 179
Over 3,047 m 13
2,438 to 3,047 m 49
1,524 to 2,437 m 22
914 to 1,523 m 6
Under 914 m 89 (2012)

Airports - with unpaved runways
Total 233
2,438 to 3,047 m 2
1,524 to 2,437 m 6
914 to 1,523 m 9
Under 914 m 216 (2012)

7 (2012)

Gas 36,493 km; oil 4,514 km; refined products 4,211 km (2010)

Railways World Ranking: 12
Total 21,684 km
Broad gauge
21,684 km 1.524-m gauge (9,854 km electrified) (2009)

Roadways World Ranking: 30
Total 169,496 km
165,844 km (includes 15 km of expressways)
Unpaved 3,652 km (2009)

Waterways World Ranking: 47
1,672 km (most on Dnieper River) (2012)

Merchant marine World Ranking: 43
Total 134
By type
Bulk carrier 3, cargo 98, chemical tanker 1, passenger 6, passenger/cargo 5, petroleum tanker 8, refrigerated cargo 11, specialized tanker 2
Registered in other countries
172 (Belize 6, Cambodia 35, Comoros 10, Cyprus 3, Dominica 1, Georgia 10, Liberia 10, Malta 29, Marshall Islands 1, Moldova 14, Mongolia 1, Panama 8, Russia 12, Saint Kitts and Nevis 8, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 12, Sierra Leone 5, Slovakia 2, unknown 5) (2010)

Ports and terminals
Feodosiya (Theodosia), Illichivsk, Mariupol', Mykolayiv, Odesa, Yuzhnyy


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square Il'yevo-pole Ukraine (general)

square Baryn Nemetskiy Ukraine (general)

square Novotroyits'ke Zaporiz'ka Oblast'

square Kutne L'vivs'ka Oblast'

square Veselaya Dolina Kherson

square Kremenskiy Rayon Ukraine (general)

square Przemyslow L'vivs'ka Oblast'

square Borsukuvka Volyns'ka Oblast'

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