In Eastern Europe, along the Russian border, sits Ukraine, the largest country in the region. The Carpathian Mountains to the west protect Ukraine from fierce northern winds. The Ukraine has some of the richest farm land in Europe – over 1,000 miles of flat plains known as steppes. It also has rich supplies of oil and gas.
Because of its natural resources, Ukraine has been the target of invaders for thousands of years. First came Vladimir the Great, who introduced Christianity in 988. Then came the Mongols in the 13th century and the Lithuanians one hundred years later. Polish invaders arrived in 1569. The peasants were tired of being bossed around.
In 1932, Joseph Stalin planned a famine in the Ukraine to curb rebellion. Over 5 million people starved to death. Ukraine was once again ravaged by war when the Nazis invaded. After World War II, the Soviets had control.
Today, the Ukraine has finally won her independence. However, the country still has conflicts with Russia and neighboring countries. Ukraine is a rich country with a long, sad history.
Fun Facts about Ukraine for Kids
- In 1986, Ukraine suffered the world’s worst nuclear accident. The Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant exploded, sending nuclear radiation three miles high into the air. The radiation killed animals and people and polluted water and soil.
- Kiev is the capital city.
- Ukraine has 223,090 square miles of land.
- President of the Ukraine is Volodymyr Zelensky, he defeated Petro Poroshenko (April 2019).
- The currency used here is the Ukrainian hryvnia.
- Over 44 million people live in Ukraine.
- The Ukrainian Hryvnnia is the currency used.
- Ukrainian is the official language, although people also speak Russian, Hungarian, Romanian and Polish.
- Most people are Christian.
- The government is a multiparty democracy.
- 95 percent of adults can read.
- People in the Ukraine can expect to live for 72.5 years.
- Steppe: flat, fertile plain land
- Ravage: damaged, destroyed
- Alliance: partnership
- Rebellion: rising up or fighting against
- Conflict: fights, tension
- Polluted: dirty, contaminated, ruined
All About Ukraine Video for Kids
Watch this awesome Ukraine video for kids:
This is a video showcasing the culture, heritage sites and about the present day Ukraine.
Question: How old are children when they start school?
Answer: Children must start school when they are six. Many children go to preschool.
Map of Ukraine
Here’s a map of the country of Ukraine and all its cities and villages. Zoom in to get into street level or zoom out to see other countries around Ukraine! You can see the terrain, but also see the roads, images of the buildings and even take a 3D tour through the streets of the cities of Ukraine, as though you are actually there!
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