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The AFAR Guide to Ukraine

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Ukraine regained its independence with the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991, but endured considerable political unrest until 2004, when the peaceful 'Orange Revolution' gave rise to an internationally monitored electoral process. Ukraine has its roots as a seat of power for the first eastern Slavic state, Kievan Rus, which emerged in the 9th century AD. The official language is Ukrainian, though it is estimated that nearly one quarter of the population speaks Russian.
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Kyiv, Ukraine, 02000
The Kyiv Metro is the first rapid transit system in Ukraine. Riding the metro itself is a joy and its interior is amazing: decorated elaborately, it shows the postwar Stalinist architecture blended with traditional Ukrainian motifs. It has one of...
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Lavrska St, 9, Kyiv, Ukraine, 01015
The Monastery which made Kyiv the 'Rome' of Orthodox Christianity receives pilgrims from all over Europe and attracted droves of visitors yearly. It is 28 hectares of land with churches, towers and museums.
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Halytskyi District, Lviv, Lviv Oblast, Ukraine, 79000
When we travel we often stop to buy local produce. This roadside fruit vendor offered the most luscious berries including wild strawberries the smallest tastiest ones. We negotiated a price and went on our way. It was hard not to snack before we...