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The Ukrainian transitional government may be facing its worst crisis. The deployment of Russian troops along the eastern borders of Ukraine has caused additional anxiety to the provisional government in Kiev. As a consolation, US President Barack Obama declared once more that Europe and the United States remain one in support of the Ukrainian nation. This early, the American Government already announced an energy financial assistance package for Ukraine worth $1 billion. The US also readied economic sanctions against Russia if Moscow attempts to infringe on Ukrainian territory. According to the White House, this loan guarantee is meant to help shield the beleaguered nation from continuous reductions in energy support. Russia provides a significant percentage of natural gas for Ukraine so the country must not be dependent on these imports. This assistance will also add to a more comprehensive aid package coming from the International Monetary Fund. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov met with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Andriy Deshchytsia for the first time and asked for more independence for Ukrainian regions. While this took place, the government ordered Ukrainian soldiers out of Crimea. Crimea has been a focal point of pro-Russian sentiment and it is possible that this can result eventually to separatism. The region is located in a cape on the Black Sea coast of Ukraine. It has a population of approximately 2.3 million. Majority of these people are identified as ethnic Russians. Crimea supported former President Viktor Yanukovych during the presidential elections of 2010. This prompted autonomists in the Crimean parliament to side with the Russian Federation. Meanwhile, China has maintained its conventional policy of non-interference in international affairs. For his part, President Obama insisted that there will be no military solution to the Crimean crisis.

44.57 million

Population. Ranked 30th in 2013.

$3,867.02

GDP per capita. Ranked 98th in 2012.

Borders

Belarus 891 km, Hungary 103 km, Moldova 940 km, Poland 428 km, Romania (south) 176 km, Romania (southwest) 362 km, Russia 1,576 km, Slovakia 90 km
Largest city Kiev - 2,637,000
Capital city Kiev - 2,637,000
Major language Ukrainian (official), Russian
Major religion Christianity
Monetary unit hryvnia
Prime minister Mykola Azarov (resigned)
Alternative names Ukrayina, Ukraine
Groups Christian countries, Cold countries, Eastern Europe, Emerging markets, Europe, Former Soviet republics, World

Ukraine Map

579,330 sq km

Sq. km. Ranked 43th in 2008.

Interesting observations about Ukraine

Ukraine ranked second for death rate amongst Christian countries in 2013.
Ukraine ranked second for land use > arable land globally in 2013.
Ukraine ranked first for death rate, crude > per 1,000 people amongst Cold countries in 2011.
Ukraine ranked second for agricultural land > sq. km amongst Europe in 2011.
Ukraine ranked second for population amongst Eastern Europe in 2013.
Ukraine ranked second for tourist arrivals amongst Emerging markets in 2008.
Ukraine ranked third for GDP amongst Former Soviet republics in 2012.

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The Ukrainian transitional government may be facing its worst crisis. The deployment of Russian troops along the eastern borders of Ukraine has caused additional anxiety to the provisional government in Kiev. As a consolation, US President Barack Obama declared once more that Europe and the United States remain one in support of the Ukrainian nation. This early, the American Government already announced an energy financial assistance package for Ukraine worth $1 billion. The US also readied economic sanctions against Russia if Moscow attempts to infringe on Ukrainian territory. According to the White House, this loan guarantee is meant to help shield the beleaguered nation from continuous reductions in energy support. Russia provides a significant percentage of natural gas for Ukraine so the country must not be dependent on these imports. This assistance will also add to a more comprehensive aid package coming from the International Monetary Fund. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov met with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Andriy Deshchytsia for the first time and asked for more independence for Ukrainian regions. While this took place, the government ordered Ukrainian soldiers out of Crimea. Crimea has been a focal point of pro-Russian sentiment and it is possible that this can result eventually to separatism. The region is located in a cape on the Black Sea coast of Ukraine. It has a population of approximately 2.3 million. Majority of these people are identified as ethnic Russians. Crimea supported former President Viktor Yanukovych during the presidential elections of 2010. This prompted autonomists in the Crimean parliament to side with the Russian Federation. Meanwhile, China has maintained its conventional policy of non-interference in international affairs. For his part, President Obama insisted that there will be no military solution to the Crimean crisis.

Posted on 28 Mar 2014

jaacosta47

jaacosta47

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On March 21, 2014 Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a treaty which finalized the accession of Crimea region and it’s port city of Sevastopol to Russia.

Russian Black Sea Fleet base – Crimean peninsula with nearby Sochi on mainland is in some aspects Russian „Alps Cote d’Azur“ province – with very attractive natural white sandy beaches and with a lot of historical and cultural sites. One of touristically most attractive locations of course is Yalta.

Crimean peninsula changed hands lots of times through history going back to ancient times. After the collapse of Soviet Union in 1991 Crimea became part of newly independent Ukraine. In 1954 native Ukrainian Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev, famous “for protesting by pounded his shoe on desk in UN General Assembly meeting,“ ceased Crimea from Russia and gave Crimea to Ukraine, while almost one hundred years ago in 1854 Russians lost Crimea in „Crimean War“ with Ottoman Turks, French and British. In the end retrospectively, by the 1783 entire Ottoman Crimean Canate became annexed by the Russian Empire during the reign of Catherine the Great.

Crimea demographics today consist of 58% ethnic Russians, 24% ethnic Ukrainians, 12% ethnic Tatars and 6% others.

Posted on 21 May 2014

chris.lockyer781

chris.lockyer781

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World Bank figures disclosed that Ukraine has the 51st largest economy in the world. Unfortunately, the destiny of this nation’s financial system hangs precariously due to the ongoing crisis. The country’s economy used to depend on grain exports but Ukraine’s position as the breadbasket of Europe is starting to fall apart. The price of world grain is soaring partly because of importers’ uneasiness over the decline in grain shipping from Black Sea ports. This has been confirmed by Russia’s Ministry of Agriculture Ministry as it continues to monitor strictly the situation of agro-industrial markets. At the moment, agriculture comprises less than 10 percent of Ukrainian Gross Domestic Product. The World Bank believes that Ukraine has enormous agricultural promise but this potential has not been fully utilized due to neglected farm incomes and inadequate modernization programs within the industry. Unprotected land ownership and disorganized registration systems have also constrained Ukraine’s farming sector although this has improved recently. The conflict with Russia has aggravated these issues. If only the political situation did not become unstable, the prospects could have been brighter. Ukrainian farm exports rose by almost 40 percent in 2012. This was estimated to be $17 billion by the Ukrainian Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food. In 2013, corn exports also increased by one-third from the preceding year. The actual grain export volume already reached 19.8 million tonnes for marketing years 2012 to 2013. Ukraine still has huge potential in terms of agricultural productivity mainly because of favourable weather conditions and fertile terrain. However, the Ukrainian predicament has generated currency devaluation and consequently higher production and energy costs. Ukraine has to endure all these while the impasse remains.

Posted on 28 Mar 2014

jaacosta47

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Posted on 29 Oct 2009

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