Ukraine Cities with Hotels
Ukraine, republic in eastern Europe, bounded on the north by Belarus and Russia; on the east by Russia; on the south by the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov; on the southwest by Romania and Moldova; and on the west by Hungary, Slovakia, and Poland. Formerly the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic (SSR) of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR), Ukraine is a founding member of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), which in December 1991 succeeded the USSR. Ukraine includes the Crimean Autonomous Republic, which was elevated from an oblast to a constituent republic in 1991 (see Crimea). Kyyiv (Kiev) is the capital and largest city.
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Land and Resources
With a total area of about 603,700 sq km (about 233,090 sq mi), Ukraine is the second largest country in Europe after Russia. Almost the entire country of Ukraine is a vast flat plain, with elevations generally below 300 m (about 984 ft). The Carpathian Mountains intrude at the extreme west, and on the southern coast of the Crimean Peninsula are the Crimean Mountains. The highest point in Ukraine is Mount Hoverla in the Carpathians, with an elevation of 2061 m (about 6762 ft). Most major rivers flow south to the Black Sea; they include the Dnepr in central Ukraine, the Southern Bug and Dnestr rivers in the west, the Donets in the east, and the Danube in the far south. The Western Bug, however, flows northward through the western part of the country and joins the Wisla (Vistula), which empties into the Baltic Sea.
The climate of Ukraine is temperate continental, with a subtropical Mediterranean climate prevalent on the southern portions of the Crimean Peninsula. The average monthly temperature in winter ranges from -8Â° to 2Â° C (17.6Â° to 35.6Â° F), while summer temperatures average 17Â° to 25Â° C (62.6Â° to 77Â° F). The Black Sea coast is subject to freezing, and no Ukrainian port is permanently ice-free. Precipitation generally decreases from north to south; it is greatest in the Carpathians, where it exceeds more than 1500 mm (58.5 in) per year, and least in the coastal lowlands of the Black Sea, where it averages less than 300 mm (11.7 in) per year.
Ukraine has extremely fertile black-earth soils in the central and southern portions, totaling nearly two-thirds of the territory. The original vegetation of the area formed three broad belts that crossed the territory of Ukraine latitudinally. Mixed forest vegetation occupied the northern third of the country, forest-steppe the middle portion, and steppe the southern third of the country. Now, however, much of the original vegetation has been cleared and replaced by cultivated crops. Much of the original wildlife has also disappeared, but many animal species still remain. Mammals include deer, beaver, and marten. Birds include the Eurasian black vulture, the steppe eagle, and the gray heron.
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