August 24th, 2022
In honor of Ukrainian independence day, I would like to write today's post about Ukraine. I usually write my posts to intrigue my readers to visit the destination.
At the moment for obvious reasons I am not suggesting that anyone travel to Ukraine on vacation, but hopefully one day soon we can.
Ukraine’s independence was officially declared on August 24, 1991. Its parliament proclaimed that the country would stop following the laws of the USSR, and instead abide by its own laws. The day is the most celebrated day of the year. Ukraine has always had its own culture and language, although it has been dominated for centuries by Russia. Over 90% voted in favor of Ukraine's independence in 1991.
Ukraine is the largest country in Europe unless you count Russia, which lies in Asia as well as Europe. However, until the Russians launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine on February 24th, 2022, few people knew a great deal about Ukraine.
Ukraine is historically and culturally very rich. It has six cultural and one natural UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Many of its cities have long histories and well-preserved historic centers. There are beautiful churches throughout the country in addition to many many impressive castles and fortresses that are a reminder of the country’s glorious past.
Ukraine has some of the most nutrient-rich soil in the world and is the largest producer of much of the food we eat such as corn, wheat, potato, sugar beet, barley, tomatoes, apples, and pumpkins to mention a few. For this reason, it is often called the “Breadbasket of Europe”.
You may know that Ukraine is also the world’s largest producer of sunflower seeds. Across every part of Ukraine, you’ll see stunning fields of yellow blooms
Ukraine has a nearly 100% literacy rate, which is only 2nd to North Korea in the entire world.
Fun Fact: The world’s first constitution was drafted and introduced in 1710 by Ukrainian Hetman Pylyp Orlyk. The document was aimed at introducing the separation of powers. It outlined the responsibilities and rights of both citizens and government.
Best wishes for Ukraine and its people.
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Lene H. Minyard