"Shche ne vmerla Ukrayiny
ni slava, ni volya

(English: "The Glory and the Will of Ukraine Have Not Yet Died")[a]
Europe-Ukraine (orthographic projection; disputed territory).svg
Europe-Ukraine (disputed territory).svg
  • Location of Ukraine (green)
  • Annexed by Russia (light green)
and largest city
50°27′N 30°30′E / 50°27′N 30°30′E / 50.450; 30.500
Official languagesUkrainian
Ethnic groups
GovernmentUnitary semi-presidential constitutional republic
• President
Volodymyr Zelensky
Oleksiy Honcharuk
Dmytro Razumkov
LegislatureVerkhovna Rada
Establishment history
• Kievan Rus'
18 (8) August 1649
• Autonomous Ukrainian People's Republic
within Russia
23 (10) June 1917
• Independence
22 (9) January 1918
• West UPR
13 November 1918
• Soviet rule
10 March 1919
• Member of the
Soviet Union
30 December 1922
30 December 1938
15 November 1939
30 June 1941
16 July 1990
• Independence from
the Soviet Union
24 August 1991a
28 June 1996
• Total
603,628 km2 (233,062 sq mi) (45th)
• Water (%)
• 2019 estimate
Decrease 42,030,832[2]
(excluding Crimea and Sevastopol) (33rd)
• 2001 census
• Density
73.8/km2 (191.1/sq mi) (115th)
GDP (PPP)2019 estimate
• Total
Increase $408.040 billion[3] (47th)
• Per capita
Increase $9,743[3] (111th)
GDP (nominal)2019 estimate
• Total
Increase $134.887 billion[3] (57th)
• Per capita
Increase $3,220[3] (128th)
Gini (2016)Positive decrease 25.0[4]
low · 18th
HDI (2017)Increase 0.751[5]
high · 88th
CurrencyUkrainian hryvnia (₴) (UAH)
Time zoneUTC+2[6] (EET)
• Summer (DST)
Driving sideright
Calling code+380
ISO 3166 codeUA
Internet TLD
  1. An independence referendum was held on 1 December, after which Ukrainian independence was finalized on 26 December.

Ukraine (Ukrainian: Україна, romanizedUkrayina, pronounced [ʊkrɐˈjinɐ] (About this soundlisten)), sometimes called the Ukraine,[7][8] is a country in Eastern Europe.[9] It is bordered by Russia to the north-east; Belarus to the north; Poland, Slovakia and Hungary to the west; and Romania, Moldova, and the Black Sea to the south. Ukraine is currently in a territorial dispute with Russia over the Crimean Peninsula, which Russia annexed in 2014.[10] Including Crimea, Ukraine has an area of 603,628 km2 (233,062 sq mi),[11] making it both the largest country entirely within Europe and the 46th largest country in the world. Excluding Crimea, Ukraine has a population of about 42 million,[2] making it the 32nd most populous country in the world. Its capital and largest city is Kiev. Ukrainian is the official language and its alphabet is Cyrillic. The dominant religion in the country is Eastern Orthodoxy.

The territory of modern Ukraine has been inhabited since 32,000 BC. During the Middle Ages, the area was a key centre of East Slavic culture, with the powerful state of Kievan Rus' forming the basis of Ukrainian identity. Following its fragmentation in the 13th century, the territory was contested, ruled and divided by a variety of powers, including Lithuania, Poland, Austria-Hungary, the Ottoman Empire and Russia. A Cossack republic emerged and prospered during the 17th and 18th centuries, but its territory was eventually split between Poland and the Russian Empire, and finally merged fully into the Russian-dominated Soviet Union in the late 1940s as the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic. In 1991, Ukraine gained its independence from the Soviet Union in the aftermath of its dissolution at the end of the Cold War. Before its independence, Ukraine was typically referred to in English as "The Ukraine", but most sources have since moved to drop "the" from the name of Ukraine in all uses.[12]

Following its independence, Ukraine declared itself a neutral state;[13] it formed a limited military partnership with Russia and other CIS countries while also establishing a partnership with NATO in 1994. In 2013, after the government of President Viktor Yanukovych had decided to suspend the Ukraine-European Union Association Agreement and seek closer economic ties with Russia, a several-months-long wave of demonstrations and protests known as the Euromaidan began, which later escalated into the 2014 Ukrainian revolution that led to the overthrow of Yanukovych and the establishment of a new government. These events formed the background for the annexation of Crimea by Russia in March 2014, and the War in Donbass in April 2014. On 1 January 2016, Ukraine applied the economic component of the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area with the European Union.[14]

Ukraine is a developing country and ranks 88th on the Human Development Index. As of 2018, Ukraine is the poorest country in Europe alongside Moldova in terms of GDP per capita. At US$40, it has the lowest median wealth per adult in the world,[note 1][15] and suffers from a very high poverty rate as well as severe corruption.[16] However, because of its extensive fertile farmlands, Ukraine is one of the world's largest grain exporters.[17][18] It also maintains the second-largest military in Europe after that of Russia. Ukraine is a unitary republic under a semi-presidential system with separate powers: legislative, executive and judicial branches. The country is a member of the United Nations, the Council of Europe, the OSCE, the GUAM organization, and one of the founding states of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS).

Etymology and orthography

There are different hypotheses as to the etymology of the name Ukraine. According to the older widespread hypothesis, it means "borderland",[19] while some more recent linguistic studies claim a different meaning: "homeland" or "region, country".[20]

"The Ukraine" used to be the usual form in English,[21] but since the Declaration of Independence of Ukraine, "the Ukraine" has become less common in the English-speaking world, and style-guides warn against its use in professional writing.[12][22] According to U.S. ambassador William Taylor, "The Ukraine" now implies disregard for the country's sovereignty.[23] The Ukrainian position is that the usage of "'The Ukraine' is incorrect both grammatically and politically."[7]