Why study Russian language in Ukraine? It’s simple - just because for the FIRST - Russian language was originated from language of Kyivan Rus (old-ukrainian orginin), for the SECOND - the grammar of Russian language was written by M.Lomonosov in 18th century on basis of Ukrainian grammar that written in 16th century by ukrainian Meletius Smotrytsky who was a rector of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, for the THIRD - most of people in Central and East Ukraine speak modern Russian language. For the FOURTH Ukraine is ancient, safe, quiet, peaceful and inexpensive country for travel and learn. For the FIFTH if you are from US, Canada, EU, Switzerland, Japan, South Korea or Israel you don’t need a visa to come to Ukraine! Please see more detailed information
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And now several words about Ukraine.
Ukraine – is the largest country on the European continent situated in the south-eastern part of Central Europe and extends on almos
t 604 thousands km². Ukraine borders Belarus, the Russian Federation, Slovakia, Poland, Hungary, Moldova, and Romania and has outlets to the Black and Azov Seas. Ukraine's history starts with the Tripillian culture (5300 B.C.) and continuous in our days Ukrainian folk culture. There are a lot of different points of view on Ukrainian history, but it is enough to have just eyes to see the similarity of culture of Tripillya, Cimmerian, Scythian, etc. and today's Ukrainian folk culture. As an example let's compare Scythians
And there are a lot of other examples just visit Ukraine and see it by your own.
Kyivan Rus' is considered as the precursor to the East Slavs and the motherland of their languages (including Russian language and Belorussian language). In the ninth century the Kyivan Rus' developed into a great and influential nation but collapsed in the twelfth century. Ukraine has always been and still is the centre of geopolitical interests of neighbouring states because of its rich culture, developed nation, fruitful soil and geographical location. That is why Ukrainian history is full of dramatic struggles for independence, but they were crowned with real success only in August 24, 1991. But the struggle for real independence is still going on.
Ukraine is an unitary state consisted of twenty four regions, the autonomous republic Crimea, and two cities (Kyiv (unofficial spelling - Kiev) and Sevastopol) with special status.
Ukrainian language is the official language in Ukraine but Russian language is also broadly spoken. Russian language is the most widespread first language in South-East regions, as well as in its capital, Kyiv, and the most common second language in Ukraine at all. That is why the Russian-speaking people in Ukraine are the biggest linguistic group in Europe with non-official language in the state.
Ukraine is rich with natural resources including iron ore, coal, manganese, salt, sulphur, titanium, graphite, nickel, magnesium, mercury, kaolin, timber, natural gas, oil and great quantity of arable land with black earth.
Due to the Organisation of World Tourism rating, Ukraine occupies the 8th place in the world by the amount of tourists.
Ukraine lies on the crossroads between Eastern and Central Europe, between south and north. It has such a fantastic mixture of natural conditions and climates.
There are two mountain ranges in Ukraine. First -the Carpathian Mountains suitable for skiing, hiking, bicycling, fishing and hunting with numerous springs of medicinal mineral water of international significance. Second - Crimean Mountains suitable for hiking, bicycling, rock climbing and etc. with fantastic Black Sea views, waterfalls and unique air and climate that recovers people seriously ill with pulmonary diseases. The coastline on the Black and Azov Seas are popular summer destinations for vacationers. Ukraine also has its own “Dead sea” - unique Sivash Lake. There are a lot of vineyards in different regions of Ukraine where native natural wines are produced (some of them as “Black Doctor” or “White muscatel of the red stone” are world known), age-old castles and fortress ruins of ancient cities, and even pyramids similar to Egyptian (in Kerch),historical parks, Orthodox, Catholic and Greco-Catholic churches as well as a mosques and synagogues. Here you can find striking examples of baroque and Renaissance architecture in, one of Europe’s oldest cities Lviv (unofficial spelling Lvov), while in Odessa you can see one of the world’s largest opera houses.
So if you want while studying Russian language to discover several old cultures, see and try by your own the unique atmosphere – Ukraine is the right choice.
Shortly about Ukraine
Capital (and largest city) - Kyiv (unofficial spelling - Kiev)
Tripillian culture - 5300 B.C.
Cimmeria - 900-700 B.C.
Scythia - 700 - 300 B.C.
Sarmatia - 300 B.C.
Antae - 400 B.C. - 700 A.D.
Kyivan Rus' - 882 A.D.
Kingdom of Galicia–Volhynia - 1199
Cossack Hetmanate - 1649
Ukrainian National Republic – 7th of November 1917
West Ukrainian National Republic – 1st of November 1918
Ukrainian SSR - 30th of December 1922
Second Declaration of Independence – 30th of June 1941
Independence from the Soviet Union – 24th of August 1991
The state system - Unitary semi-presidential republic
Legislature - Verkhovna Rada
Currency - Hryvnia (UAH, ₴)
Area - 603,628 km2 Total
Population – over 45 millions
Languages: official – Ukrainian, others: Russian language, Crimean Tatar (in Crimea)
- mostly temperate continental climate
Summer is 65-80 degrees F (+18 to +27°C).
Winter is 17-35 degrees F (-8 to +1° C).
Emergency service numbers
Fire brigade – 101, Police -102, Ambulance -103. These calls can be made from any phone and are free of charge.
Electricity 220V, (appliances usually use standard 2-pin sockets and plugs)
Calling Code +38
Drives on the right
Internet TLD .ua
Time Zone : Winter - EET (UTC+2); Summer (DST) - EEST (UTC+3)