There are many interesting facts about Ukraine, which is a European country that borders Russia.
Here are 10 interesting facts about Ukraine:
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One interesting fact about Ukraine is that the country is the largest within Europe in terms of geographical area. Russia, although larger, does not count as it has land in Asia.
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The country has some nice fertile land for crops. More specifically, it has a reputation for being a breadbasket, which means that it has a rich climate for soil and farming. Farming is one of the many ways Ukranians make a living wage.
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Although Europe is home to many global powers, Ukraine has a significant amount of military personnel. Moreover, the only country in Europe that has a larger reserve military is Russia.
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Another interesting fact is that the capital of the country is Kiev. For those who do not know much about Kiev, it is the largest city, and based on population, the 8th largest city in Europe. The population of the capital is close to three million people, and it has a humid continental climate.
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An important fact is that there is a significant amount of ethnic Russians living in the country. This is important to note as the country was once part of the Soviet Union, which is one of the reasons Putin believes that Russia can take over the country.
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The current currency in the country is the Ukrainian hryvnia.
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Unlike a number of countries in Europe, Ukraine is not part of the European Union. It is possible that the country will someday become a member, but the 2014 Ukrainian revolution might cause some leaders of countries in Europe to be more hesitant to allow the country to become a member in the future.
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A random fact about Ukraine is that the speckled ground squirrel can be spotted in many areas of the country. It also has prominence in Poland, Romania, Russia, and Belarus.
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The current acting president is Oleksandr Turchynov. He was a former Deputy Prime Minister who became the President on February 22, 2014. An interesting piece of trivia about him is that he is a Baptist.
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The country has had some success at the Olympics, especially at the Summer Olympics. Interestingly, all of the Summer Olympians of the country combined have received 115 medals despite only five appearances at the Summer Olympics.
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