The area of Ukraine is about 235,000 square miles, making it the largest country totally within Europe.
In 1887, a stone was erected in the town of Rakhiv in Ukraine, supposedly marking the geographical centre of Europe, a claim now thought dubious.
Shortly after the Ukraine gained independence from the old Soviet Union, it changed its currency from the karbovanets to the hryvna.
In the Ukraine, ducks go 'krya-krya'.
On 3 October 1995, the city council in the Ukrainian capital, Kiev, established a commission to ease confusion among postmen and delivery workers by renaming the 38 streets in the city that were all called 'Vostochnaya' (East).
The National Anthem of Ukraine begins with a line that means "Ukraine Has Not Yet Perished".