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Ukraine: Country in Eastern Europe
Ukraine is a country in Eastern Europe. It is bordered by Russia to the north-east; Belarus to the north; Poland, Slovakia and Hungary to the west; and Romania, Moldova, and the Black Sea to the south. Ukraine is currently in a territorial dispute with Russia over the Crimean Peninsula, which Russia annexed in 2014. Including the Crimean Peninsula, Ukraine has an area of 603,628 km2 (233,062 sq mi), making it the second-largest country in Europe after Russia, and the 46th-largest country in the world. Excluding Crimea, Ukraine has a population of about 42 million, making it the eighth or ninth-most populous country in Europe, and the 32nd-most populous country in the world. Its capital and largest city is Kiev. Ukrainian is the official language and its alphabet is Cyrillic. The dominant religion in the country is Eastern Orthodoxy.

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Democrats, Security Experts Aghast At Trump Admin's Abandonment Of Critical Treaty [Video]

Democrats, Security Experts Aghast At Trump Admin's Abandonment Of Critical Treaty

Democratic lawmakers and national security experts have excoriated the White House's abandonment of the Open Skies Treaty. The State Department announced it would submit its notice of withdrawal, which..

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Ukrain Lawmaker Releases Leaked Biden Calls [Video]

Ukrain Lawmaker Releases Leaked Biden Calls

Private phone calls between Joe Biden and Petro Poroshenko, Ukraine’s former president have been leaked to the press. The calls took place several years ago, when Biden was VP and Poroshenko was..

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Malaysia Airlines Flight 17: Former Russian spy takes ‘moral responsibility’ for downing of plane [Video]

Malaysia Airlines Flight 17: Former Russian spy takes ‘moral responsibility’ for downing of plane

Igor Girkin says as a military commander in eastern Ukraine at the time he has "indirect" responsibility for bringing down the MH17 plane.View on euronews

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'Incredibly stressful': UK mother on being stuck in Ukraine with surrogate newborn [Video]

'Incredibly stressful': UK mother on being stuck in Ukraine with surrogate newborn

Nadene had her baby through surrogacy in Ukraine and got stuck there after the borders closed because of the coronavirus pandemic. She tells Euronews about her new family’s epic first weeks.View on..

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Pandemic hits Ukraine’s surrogate birthing industry [Video]

Pandemic hits Ukraine’s surrogate birthing industry

Ukraine, like many countries around the world, has closed its borders to foreigners, preventing new parents from taking their children home.

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Dozens of newborn babies are stranded in Kyiv due to coronavirus lockdown [Video]

Dozens of newborn babies are stranded in Kyiv due to coronavirus lockdown

Over 100 babies have yet to see their adoptive parents for the first time. Travel restrictions in Ukraine prevent most foreign parents from entering the country.View on euronews

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Ukraine's surrogate babies stranded by lockdown [Video]

Ukraine's surrogate babies stranded by lockdown

Over 50 babies all born to surrogate mothers in Ukraine are stranded as their parents, from all over the world, are struggling to reach them due to virus precautions. Soraya Ali reports.

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Coronavirus live: France takes first steps out of lockdown, other countries ease constraints [Video]

Coronavirus live: France takes first steps out of lockdown, other countries ease constraints

Spain, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Greece, Norway, Switzerland and Ukraine are also lifting some restrictions from Monday - but constraints remain in the UK for now. View on euronews

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Ukraine: Air pollution from forest fires also fuels isolation [Video]

Ukraine: Air pollution from forest fires also fuels isolation

People in Kyiv have been warned to stay indoors, for another reason other than social isolation.

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Orthodox Churches disagree on how to worship safely over Easter [Video]

Orthodox Churches disagree on how to worship safely over Easter

Orthodox churches in Russia and Ukraine have sent mixed signals to congregations over whether or not they can attend Easter services this weekend.View on euronews

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Kiev's air most polluted in the world after Chernobyl fires [Video]

Kiev's air most polluted in the world after Chernobyl fires

Fires around the defunct Chernobyl nuclear plant and elsewhere pushed pollution levels in Ukraine's capital Kiev to the worst in the world on Friday. Emer McCarthy reports.

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Forest fires near Chernobyl nuclear plant under control, Ukraine authorities say [Video]

Forest fires near Chernobyl nuclear plant under control, Ukraine authorities say

Forest fires near Chernobyl nuclear plant under control, Ukraine authorities say

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Huge forest fire around Chernobyl thwarted: authorities [Video]

Huge forest fire around Chernobyl thwarted: authorities

A huge blaze that tore through forests around the defunct Chernobyl nuclear plant has been put out, Ukrainian officials said on Tuesday, saying hundreds of emergency workers had used planes and..

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Doctor captures amazing footage of falcon checking out his drone [Video]

Doctor captures amazing footage of falcon checking out his drone

ORIGINAL PUBLISH DATE: 24/09/2019. These stunning scenes show a falcon investigating a drone flying over ukraine’s dnieper river

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Radiation spikes near Chernobyl amid forest fires [Video]

Radiation spikes near Chernobyl amid forest fires

Firefighters have been battling to contain two forest fires in the Ukrainian town of Chernobyl, which became known as the site of a 1986 nuclear power plant explosion.

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Trump defends firing U.S. intel watchdog [Video]

Trump defends firing U.S. intel watchdog

U.S. President Donald Trump defended his decision to fire the top watchdog of the U.S. Intelligence Community, saying Michael Atkinson did "a terrible job" in handling the whistleblower complaint that..

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U.S. watchdog vows 'aggressive' oversight after Trump fires intel official [Video]

U.S. watchdog vows 'aggressive' oversight after Trump fires intel official

The top U.S. federal watchdog vowed on Saturday to continue to conduct "aggressive" independent oversight of government agencies, after President Donald Trump fired the inspector general of the U.S...

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A Ukrainian lawmaker was found shot dead in his office on Saturday, the deputy interior minister Anton Gerashchenko said.
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Ukraine now has 10,406 confirmed coronavirus cases and 261 deaths, Health Minister Maksym Stepanov told a briefing on Thursday.
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New fires broke out in the area around the defunct Chernobyl nuclear plant on Thursday, fanned by heavy winds that have made it harder to put out the blaze, Ukrainian officials said.
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