Ukraine is the second largest country in Europe in terms of land mass
and the third largest in terms of population. Its location places is in the
axis-point between western Europe, Russia and the near-East, thus making its
future crucial to all three.
Ukraine is rich in natural resources - fertile
soil (chornozem), vast forests and substantial mineral deposits. The people of Ukraine
are industrious and educated, and its culture millennia long. Still
undergoing the stress of change from a planned, communist economic and
political system to a pro-West, Democratic market economy, Ukraine has, so
far, accomplished this Herculean task in the most peaceful, democratic way
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For the tourist, Ukraine is among the most beautiful of all eastern
European countries. The traveler marvels at the grandeur and majesty of the
Carpathian Mountains with the area's rich folk artistry and craftsmanship.
Lviv, with its strong Western influence in terms of architecture and
lifestyle, never loses the small-town charm and friendliness. Odessa and the
Crimean peninsula on the Black Sea with their Mediterranean flavour and
sub-tropical climate beckons to lovers of the sun, sea and lovely mountain
lakes. The Crimea's mixture of Slavic, Roman, Tartar, Byzantine and Genoese
influence is intriguing and surprising to the traveller.
The mighty Dnipro
River, recalling the power of the Cossack Host is ideally suited for a boat
cruise immersed in culture, history and enjoyment. Beautiful golden-domed
Kyiv, Ukraine's capital,
offers a boundless variety of spectacular
architecture, art, culture, entertainment and business opportunities.
Kharkiv, in the east, is frequently referred to as the scientific and
industrial centre of Ukraine. Chernihiv, in the north, is steeped in the 19th
and 20th century history of Ukraine's struggle for independence. Volyn, with
over 200 lakes and Sumy, with over 130 rivers beckons the sportsman and
nature lover with a picturesque grace and beauty of its villages.
And everywhere you turn you will be surrounded by a friendly, hospitable
people, an endless variety of music and songs, the flash and color of the
world-renowned Ukrainian folk dance, and the tradition of the never-empty
plate and cup.
With all this to offer, Ukraine is among the best buys for the tourist,
traveller or inquisitive, adventuresome vacationer. Most costs have not yet
caught up to Western levels, and prices such as $5 (US) for a bottle of
excellent champagne, $5 for a seat at the Opera and $20 for a work of art are