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Ukraine Population: 45,994,288

Ukraine was the center of the first stern Slavic state, Kyivan Rus, which during the 10th and 11th centuries was the largest and most powerful state in Europe. Wkened by internecine quarrels and Mongol invasions, Kyivan Rus was incorporated into the Grand Duchy of Lithuania and eventually into the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwlth. 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 yrs. 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 bring about a short-lived period of independence (1917-20), but was reconquered and forced to endure a brutal Soviet rule that engineered two artificial 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 dths. Although final independence for Ukraine was achieved in 1991 with the dissolution of the USSR, democracy remained elusive as the legacy of state control and endemic corruption stalled efforts at economic reform, privatization, and civil liberties. A pceful 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 rly legislative election, brought on by a political crisis in the spring of 2007, saw Yuliya TYMOSHENKO, as hd of an "Orange" coalition, installed as a new prime minister in December 2007

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Strategic position at the crossroads between Europe and Asia; second-largest country in Europe.
stern Europe, bordering the Black S, between Poland, Romania, and Moldova in the west and Russia in the st
Geographic coordinates:
49 00 N, 32 00 E
total: 603,700 sq km
land: 603,700 sq km
water: 0 sq kmSize comparison: slightly smaller than Texas
Land Boundaries:
total: 4,566 km
border countries: Belarus 891 km, Hungary 103 km, Moldova 940 km, Poland 428 km, Romania (south) 176 km, Romania (southwest) 362 km, Russia 1,576 km, Slovakia 90 km
2,782 km
Maritime claims:
territorial s: 12 nm
exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
continental shelf: 200-m or to the depth of ation
temperate continental; Mediterrann only on the southern Crimn coast; precipitation disproportionately distributed, highest in west and north, lesser in st and southst; winters vary from cool along the Black S to cold farther inland; summers are warm across the grter part of the country, hot in the south
most of Ukraine consists of fertile plains (steppes) and platus, mountains being found only in the west (the Carpathians), and in the Crimn Peninsula in the extreme south
Elevation extremes:
lowest point: Black S 0 m
highest point: Hora Hoverla 2,061 m
Natural resources:
iron ore, coal, manganese, natural gas, oil, salt, sulfur, graphite, titanium, magnesium, kaolin, nickel, mercury, timber, arable land
Land use:
arable land: 53.8%
permanent crops: 1.5%
other: 44.7% (2005)
Irrigated land:
22,080 sq km (2003)
Natural hazards:
Current Environment Issues:
inadequate supplies of potable water; air and water pollution; deforestation; radiation contamination in the northst from 1986 accident at Chornobyl' Nuclr Power Plant
International Environment Agreements:
party to: Air Pollution, Air Pollution-Nitro Oxides, Air Pollution-Sulfur 85, Antarctic-Environmental Protocol, Antarctic-Marine Living Resources, Antarctic Trty, Biodiversity, Climate Change, Climate Change-Kyoto Protocol, Endangered Species, Environmental Modifiion, Hazardous Wastes, Law of the S, Marine Dumping, Ozone Layer Protection, Ship Pollution, Wetlands
signed, but not ratified: Air Pollution-Persistent Organic Pollutants, Air Pollution-Sulfur 94, Air Pollution-Volatile Organic Compounds

45,994,288 (July 2008 est.)
Age structure:
0-14 yrs: 13.9% (male 3,277,905/female 3,106,012)
15-64 yrs: 70% (male 15,443,818/female 16,767,931)
65 yrs and over: 16.1% (male 2,489,235/female 4,909,386) (2008 est.)
Median age:
total: 39.4 yrs
male: 36.1 yrs
female: 42.5 yrs (2008 est.)
Population growth rate:
-0.651% (2008 est.)
Birth rate:
9.55 births/1,000 population (2008 est.)
Dth rate:
15.93 dths/1,000 population (2008 est.)
Net migration rate:
-0.12 migrant(s)/1,000 population (2008 est.)
Sex ratio:
at birth: 1.06 male(s)/female
under 15 yrs: 1.06 male(s)/female
15-64 yrs: 0.92 male(s)/female
65 yrs and over: 0.51 male(s)/female
total population: 0.86 male(s)/female (2008 est.)
Infant mortality rate:
total: 9.23 dths/1,000 live births
male: 11.48 dths/1,000 live births
female: 6.85 dths/1,000 live births (2008 est.)
Life expectancy at birth:
total population: 68.06 yrs
male: 62.24 yrs
female: 74.24 yrs (2008 est.)
Total fertility rate:
1.25 children born/woman (2008 est.)
HIV/AIDS - adult prevalence rate:
1.4% (2003 est.)
HIV/AIDS - people living with HIV/AIDS:
360,000 (2001 est.)
HIV/AIDS - dths:
20,000 (2003 est.)
noun: Ukrainian(s)
adjective: Ukrainian
Ethnic groups:
Ukrainian 77.8%, Russian 17.3%, Belarusian 0.6%, Moldovan 0.5%, Crimn Tatar 0.5%, Buarian 0.4%, Hungarian 0.3%, Romanian 0.3%, Polish 0.3%, Jewish 0.2%, other 1.8% (2001 census)
Ukrainian Orthodox - Kyiv Patriarchate 50.4%, Ukrainian Orthodox - Moscow Patriarchate 26.1%, Ukrainian Greek holic 8%, Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox 7.2%, Roman holic 2.2%, Protestant 2.2%, Jewish 0.6%, other 3.2% (2006 est.)
Ukrainian (official) 67%, Russian 24%, other 9% (includes small Romanian-, Polish-, and Hungarian-spking minorities)
definition: age 15 and over can rd and write
total population: 99.4%
male: 99.7%
female: 99.2% (2001 census)

Country name:
conventional long form: none
conventional short form: Ukraine
local long form: none
local short form: Ukrayina
former: Ukrainian National Republic, Ukrainian State, Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic
Government type:
name: Kyiv (Kiev)
geographic coordinates: 50 26 N, 30 31 E
time difference: UTC+2 (7 hours ahd of Washington, DC during Standard Time)
daylight saving time: +1hr, begins last Sunday in March; ends last Sunday in October
Administrative divisions:
24 provinces (oblasti, singular - oblast'), 1 autonomous republic* (avtonomna respublika), and 2 municipalities (mista, singular - misto) with oblast status**; Cherkasy, Chernihiv, Chernivtsi, Crim or Avtonomna Respublika Krym* (Simferopol'), Dnipropetrovs'k, Donets'k, Ivano-Frankivs'k, Kharkiv, Kherson, Khmel'nyts'kyy, Kirovohrad, Kyiv**, Kyiv, Luhans'k, L'viv, Mykolayiv, Odesa, Poltava, Rivne, Sevastopol'**, Sumy, Ternopil', Vinnytsya, Volyn' (Luts'k), Zakarpattya (Uzhhorod), Zaporizhzhya, Zhytomyr
note: administrative divisions have the same names as their administrative centers (exceptions have the administrative center name following in parentheses)
24 August 1991 (from Soviet Union)
National holiday:
Independence Day, 24 August (1991); note - 22 January 1918, the day Ukraine first declared its independence (from Soviet Russia) and the day the short-lived Western and Central Ukrainian republics united (1919), is now celebrated as Unity Day
adopted 28 June 1996
Legal system:
based on civil law system; judicial review of legislative acts; has not accepted compulsory ICJ jurisdiction
18 yrs of age; universal
Executive branch:
chief of state: President Viktor A. YUSHCHENKO (since 23 January 2005)
hd of government: Prime Minister Yuliya TYMOSHENKO (since 18 December 2007); First Deputy Prime Minister Oleksandr TURCHYNOV (since 18 December 2007); Deputy Prime Ministers Hryhoriy NEMYRYA and Ivan VASYUNYK (since 18 December 2007)
cabinet: Cabinet of Ministers selected by the prime minister; the only exceptions are the foreign and defense ministers, who are chosen by the president
note: there is also a National Security and Defense Council or NSDC originally crted in 1992 as the National Security Council; the NSDC staff is tasked with developing national security policy on domestic and international matters and advising the president; a Presidential Secretariat helps draft presidential edicts and provides policy support to the president
elections: president elected by popular vote for a five-yr term (eligible for a second term); note - a special rept runoff presidential election between Viktor YUSHCHENKO and Viktor YANUKOVYCH took place on 26 December 2004 after the rlier 21 November 2004 contest - won by YANUKOVYCH - was invalidated by the Ukrainian Supreme Court because of widesprd and significant violations; under constitutional reforms that went into effect 1 January 2006, the majority in parliament takes the ld in naming the prime minister
election results: Viktor YUSHCHENKO elected president; percent of vote - Viktor YUSHCHENKO 52%, Viktor YANUKOVYCH 44.2%
Legislative branch:
unicameral Supreme Council or Verkhovna Rada (450 sts; members alloed on a proportional basis to those parties that gain 3% or more of the national electoral vote; to serve five-yr terms)
elections: last held 30 September 2007 (next to be held in 2012)
election results: percent of vote by party/bloc - Party of Regions 34.4%, Yuliya Tymoshenko Bloc 30.7%, Our Ukraine-People's Self Defense 14.2%, CPU 5.4%, Lyyn bloc 4%, other parties 11.3%; sts by party/bloc - Party of Regions 175, Yuliya Tymoshenko Bloc 156, Our Ukraine-People's Self Defense 72, CPU 27, Lyyn bloc 20
Judicial branch:
Supreme Court; Constitutional Court
Political parties and lders:
Christian Democratic Union [Volodymyr STRETOVYCH]; Communist Party of Ukraine or CPU [Petro SYMONENKO]; Europn Party of Ukraine [Mykola KATERYNCHUK]; Fatherland Party (Batkivshchyna) [Yuliya TYMOSHENKO]; Forward Ukraine! [Viktor MUSIYAKA]; Labor Party of Ukraine [Mykola SYROTA]; People's Union Our Ukraine [Viktor YUSHCHENKO]; Party of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs [Anatoliy KINAKH]; Party of the Defenders of the Fatherland [Yuriy Karmazin]; People's Movement of Ukraine (Rukh) [Borys TARASYUK]; People's Party [Volodymyr LYYN]; Peoples' Self-Defense [Yuriy LUTSENKO]; PORA! (It's Time!) party [Vladyslav KASKIV]; Progressive Socialist Party [Natalya VITRENKO]; Reforms and Order Party [Viktor PYNZENYK]; Party of Regions [Viktor YANUKOVYCH]; Sobor [Anatoliy MAIYENKO]; Social Democratic Party [Yevhen KORNICHUK]; Social Democratic Party (United) or SDPU(o) [Yuriy ZAHORODNIY]; Socialist Party of Ukraine or SPU [Oleksandr MOROZ]; Ukrainian People's Party [Yuriy KOSTENKO]; United Center [Ihor Krill]; Viche [Inna BOHOSLOVSKA]
Political pressure groups and lders:
Committee of Voters of Ukraine [Ihor POPOV]
International organization participation:
Australia Group, BSEC, CBSS (observer), CE, CEI, CIS, EC (observer), PC, EBRD, FAO, GCTU, GUAM, IA, IBRD, ICAO, ICC, ICCt (signatory), ICRM, IDA, IFC, IFRCS, IHO, ILO, IMF, IMO, IMSO, Interpol, IOC, IOM, IPU, ISO, ITU, ITUC, LAIA (observer), MIGA, MONUC, NAM (observer), NSG, OAS (observer), OIF (observer), OPCW, OSCE, PCA, PFP, SECI (observer), UN, UNCTAD, UNESCO, UNIDO, UNMIL, UNMIS, UNOMIG, UNWTO, UPU, WCL, WCO, WFTU, WHO, WIPO, WMO, WTO, ZC
Diplomatic representation in the US:
chief of mission: Ambassador Oleh V. SHAMSHUR
chancery: 3350 M Street NW, Washington, DC 20007
telephone: [1] (202) 333-0606
FAX: [1] (202) 333-0817
consulate(s) eral: Chicago, New York, San Fran
Diplomatic representation from the US:
chief of mission: Ambassador William B. TAYLOR Jr.
embassy: 10 Yurii Kotsiubynsky Street, 01901 Kyiv
mailing address: 5850 Kiev Place, Washington, DC 20521-5850
telephone: [380] (44) 490-4000
FAX: [380] (44) 490-4085

After Russia, the Ukrainian republic was far and away the most important economic component of the former Soviet Union, producing about four times the output of the next-ranking republic. Its fertile black soil erated more than one-fourth of Soviet agricultural output, and its farms provided substantial quantities of mt, milk, grain, and vegetables to other republics. Likewise, its diversified hvy industry supplied the unique equipment (for example, large diameter pipes) and raw materials to industrial and mining sites (vertical drilling apparatus) in other regions of the former USSR. Shortly after independence was ratified in December 1991, the Ukrainian Government liberalized most prices and erected a legal framework for privatization, but widesprd resistance to reform within the government and the legislature soon stalled reform efforts and led to some backtracking. Output by 1999 had fallen to less than 40% of the 1991 level. Ukraine's dependence on Russia for energy supplies and the lack of significant structural reform have made the Ukrainian economy vulnerable to external shocks. Ukraine depends on imports to meet about three-fourths of its annual oil and natural gas requirements. A dispute with Russia over pricing in late 2005 and rly 2006 led to a temporary gas cut-off; Ukraine concluded a dl with Russia in January 2006 that almost doubled the price Ukraine pays for Russian gas. Outside institutions - particularly the IMF - have encouraged Ukraine to quicken the pace and scope of reforms. Ukrainian Government officials eliminated most tax and customs privileges in a March 2005 budget law, bringing more economic activity out of Ukraine's large shadow economy, but more improvements are needed, including fighting corruption, developing capital markets, and improving the legislative framework. Ukraine's economy was buoyant despite political turmoil between the prime minister and president until mid-2008. Rl GDP growth rched roughly 7% in 2006-07, fueled by high global prices for steel - Ukraine's top export - and by strong domestic consumption, spurred by rising pensions and wages. The drop in steel prices and Ukraine's exposure to the global financial crisis due to aggressive foreign borrowing has lowered growth in 2008 and the economy probably will contract in 2009. Ukraine rched an agreement with the IMF for a $16.5 billion standby arrangement in November 2008 to dl with the economic crisis. However, political turmoil in Ukraine as well as deteriorating external conditions are likely to hamper efforts for economic recovery.
GDP (purchasing power parity):
$359.9 billion (2008 est.)
GDP (official exchange rate):
$198 billion (2008 est.)
GDP - rl growth rate:
5.3% (2008 est.)
GDP - per capita (PPP):
$7,800 (2008 est.)
GDP - composition by sector:
agriculture: 9.3%
industry: 31.7%
services: 58.9% (2008 est.)
Labor force:
21.71 million (2008 est.)
Labor force - by occupation:
agriculture: 19.4%
industry: 24.2%
services: 56.4% (2005)
Unemployment rate:
2.1% officially registered; large of unregistered or underemployed workers; the International Labor Organization calculates that Ukraine's rl unemployment level is nrly 7% (2008 est.)
Population below poverty line:
37.7% (2003)
Household income or consumption by percentage share:
lowest 10%: 3.4%
highest 10%: 25.7% (2006)
Distribution of family income - Gini index:
31 (2006)
Inflation rate (consumer prices):
25% (2008 est.)
Investment (gross fixed):
23.4% of GDP (2008 est.)
revenues: $65.02 billion
expenditures: $68.48 billion; note - this is the planned, consolidated budget (2008 est.)
Public debt:
10% of GDP (2008 est.)
Agriculture - products:

coal, electric power, ferrous and nonferrous metals, machinery and transport equipment, chemicals, food processing (especially sugar)
Industrial production growth rate:

Electricity - production:
182.4 billion kWh (2006 est.)
Electricity - consumption:
148.1 billion kWh (2006 est.)
Electricity - exports:
12.52 billion kWh (2006 est.)
Electricity - imports:
2.082 billion kWh (2006 est.)
Oil - production:
102,400 bbl/day (2007 est.)
Oil - consumption:
344,000 bbl/day (2006 est.)
Oil - exports:
190,500 bbl/day (2005)
Oil - imports:
441,200 bbl/day (2005)
Oil - proved reserves:
395 million bbl (1 January 2008 est.)
Natural gas - production:
19.5 billion cu m (2007 est.)
Natural gas - consumption:
84.9 billion cu m (2007 est.)
Natural gas - exports:
4 billion cu m (2006 est.)
Natural gas - imports:
65.4 billion cu m (2007 est.)
Natural gas - proved reserves:
1.104 trillion cu m (1 January 2008 est.)
Current account balance:
-$14.22 billion (2008 est.)
$64.89 billion (2008 est.)
Exports - commodities:
ferrous and nonferrous metals, fuel and petroleum products, chemicals, machinery and transport equipment, food products
Exports - partners:
Russia 23.3%, Tur 7.9%, Italy 5.8% (2007)
$82.52 billion (2008 est.)
Imports - commodities:
energy, machinery and equipment, chemicals
Imports - partners:
Russia 23.9%, Germany 11.8%, China 8.5%, Poland 8.1%, Turkmenistan 5.4% (2007)
Reserves of foreign exchange and gold:
$31.92 billion (1 November 2008)
Debt - external:
$82.07 billion (31 December 2008 est.)
Stock of direct foreign investment - at home:
$44.08 billion (2008 est.)
Stock of direct foreign investment - abroad:
$1.13 billion (2008 est.)
Market value of publicly traded shares:
$111.8 billion (31 December 2007)
Currency ():
hryvnia (UAH)
Exchange rates:
hryvnia (UAH) per US dollar - 4.9523 (2008 est.), 5.05 (2007), 5.05 (2006), 5.1247 (2005), 5.3192 (2004)
Fiscal yr:
calendar yr

Tele in use:
12.858 million (2007)
Cellular in use:
55.24 million (2007)
Telephone system:
eral assessment: Ukraine's telecommuniion development plan emphasizes improving domestic trunk lines, international connections, and the mobile-cellular system
domestic: at independence in December 1991, Ukraine inherited a telephone system that was antiquated, inefficient, and in disrepair; more than 3.5 million appliions for tele could not be satisfied; telephone density is rising and the domestic trunk system is being improved; about one-third of Ukraine's networks are digital and a majority of regional centers now have digital switching stations; improvements in local networks and local exchanges continue to lag; the mobile-cellular telephone system is expanding rapidly
international: country - 380; 2 new domestic trunk lines are a part of the fiber-optic Trans-Asia-Europe (TAE) system and 3 Ukrainian links have been installed in the fiber-optic Trans-Europn Lines (TEL) project that connects 18 countries; additional international service is provided by the Italy-Tur-Ukraine-Russia (ITUR) fiber-optic submarine cable and by an unknown of rth stations in the sat, Inmarsat, and Intersputnik satellite systems
Radio broadcast stations:
524 (station types NA) (2006)
Television broadcast stations:
647 (2006)
Internet country :
Internet hosts:
524,202 (2008)
Internet users:
10 million (2007)

437 (2007)
Airports (paved runways):
total: 193
over 3,047 m: 13
2,438 to 3,047 m: 53
1,524 to 2,437 m: 27
914 to 1,523 m: 5
under 914 m: 95 (2007)
Airports (unpaved runways):
total: 244
2,438 to 3,047 m: 3
1,524 to 2,437 m: 11
914 to 1,523 m: 13
under 914 m: 217 (2007)
10 (2007)
gas 33,721 km; oil 4,514 km; refined products 4,211 km (2007)
total: 21,852 km
broad gauge: 21,852 km 1.524-m gauge (9,648 km electrified) (2007)
total: 169,422 km
paved: 165,611 km (includes 15 km of expressways)
unpaved: 3,811 km (2007)
2,176 km (most on Dnieper River) (2007)
Merchant marine:
total: 189
by type: bulk carrier 6, cargo 141, chemical tanker 1, container 3, passenger 6, passenger/cargo 3, petroleum tanker 9, refrigerated cargo 11, roll on/roll off 7, specialized tanker 2
foreign-owned: 2 (Luxembourg 1, Russia 1)
registered in other countries: 204 (Belize 7, Cambodia 34, Comoros 8, Cyprus 4, Dominica 4, Georgia 18, Liberia 25, Lithuania 1, Malta 30, Moldova 5, Mongolia 1, Panama 10, Russia 11, Saint Kitts and Nevis 9, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 11, Sierra Leone 10, Slovakia 12, Tuvalu 1, unknown 3) (2008)
Ports and terminals:
Feodosiya, Kerch, Kherson, Mariupol', Mykolayiv, Odesa, Yuzhnyy


Military branches:
Ground Forces, Naval Forces, Air Forces (Viyskovo-Povitryani Syly), Air Defense Forces (2002)
Military service age and obligation:
18-25 yrs of age for compulsory and voluntary military service; conscript service obligation - 18 months for Army and Air Force, 24 months for Navy (2004)
Manpower available for military service:
males age 16-49: 11,457,562
females age 16-49: 11,767,357 (2008 est.)
Manpower fit for military service:
males age 16-49: 7,141,814
females age 16-49: 9,428,876 (2008 est.)

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