What does it mean to live in Ukraine?


Ukraine is an important country with a fascinating history. Ukraine is the largest country in Europe if you don't count Russia as a European country but it has a smaller population than France and Germany. Some of the cities include Kiev, which is the capital, Lviv and Poltava. Ukraine is known for its extremely fertile soil and  embroidering.  

Historical Lense

In 1918 Ukraine declared independence. Multiple governments try to get at least partial control of Ukraine in the following civil war. In 1921 two-thirds of Ukraine joined the Soviet Union and the remaining third joined Poland, which was independent. In 1937 many Ukrainians died because Joseph Stalin was killing intellectuals. In World War Two 5 million Ukrainians died fighting the Nazis. Ukraine suffered terrible devastation while the Nazis occupied Ukraine from 1941 to 1944. Most of Ukraine's Chapels were destroyed by the Nazis, but Kyyivo-Pechers'ka Lavra  which is located in Kiev and is one of the biggest Orthodox monasteries in the world. It is centuries old. In 1954 Ukraine's resistance against Soviet rule stops because the last commander of the Ukrainian Insurgent Army is captured. In 1986 one of, if not the worst, nuclear disasters happens when a nuclear reactor explodes in Chernobyl. Wikipedia describes this catastrophe as "...the worst nuclear power plant accident in history in terms of cost and casualties." Ukrainians People's Movement for Restructuring is created in 1988. Ukraine becomes independent in 1991 after 90% of Ukraine votes to become independent.  Ukraine adopts a democratic constitution in 1996. In 2014 Russia annexed the Crimean peninsula.

Cultural Lense

Ukraine is well known for its fertile soil and its great farming land. It is also well known for its embroidering. One of the most popular foods in Ukraine is borscht.  Borscht is different from family to family. If someone eats borscht they should not dip bread into it.  Most Ukrainians celebrate Christmas and Easter. They also have a holiday called Ivana Kupala. Ivana Kupala is a huge celebration that has singing and bonfires. Ukrainian's lawns are not cut as much as our lawns. The city of Lviv is an old city known for its chocolate and coffee. The national religion of Ukraine is Orthodox. The Ukrainian exchange student at my house says in the eleventh grade Ukrainian students have nineteen classes, and each class has a separate notebook.  According to Elena from elenastravelgram.com "Ukrainians rarely smile in public, yet are extremely heartwarming and hospitable people once you get to know them closer."


Would you want to live in Ukraine? If you lived in Ukraine would you want to move to the United States?

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2 years ago

I really like this! You did a great job of incorporating not only facts from the past, but also present research as well. The 23 cool facts button was cool as well!