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- INDEPENDENCE DAY
- UKRAINE A BRIEF HISTORY
Ukrainian Independence DayCongratulations to the people of Ukraine, and our Ukrainian people here in USA in commemoration of the Ukrainian Independence Day. Independence of Ukraine is celebrated on August 24th each year. Ukrainian Flag will be raised at Syracuse City Hall on Montgomery Street. St. John’s will celebrate a Moleben to the Mother of God. Please pray for the people in Ukraine, who have endured centuries of foreign domination. May they continue to enjoy Independence as they work toward building a democracy to benefit all. Glory to UKRAINE
День Незалежності УкраїниВітаю народ України, і наших українських людей тут в США в честь святкування Дня Незалежності УКРАЇНИ. Незалежність України відзначається 24-го серпня кожного року. Український Прапор буде піднято біля мерії міста Сиракюз на Montgomery Street. Українська Парафія Св. Івана Христителя відзначатиме День Незалежності Молебнем до Божої Матері. Будь ласка, моліться за людей в Україні, які пережили багато століть іноземного панування. Нехай вони продовжують користуватися і насолоджуватись Незалежністю, оскільки вони працюють на шляху побудови демократії в інтересах усіх. Слава УКРАІНІ.
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UKRAINE YKPAЇHAA Brief Historical Perspective
Ukraine, in square miles, is the largest country in Europe situations totally within European boundaries, and is the sixth most populous nation on the continent.
Because Ukraine was forcibly incorporated into the Soviet Union in 1922, most people are unaware of the rich 1200-year history of this land and its people. Its capital city, Kyiv (Kiev), was known to Arab and Person historians of the 9th and 10th centuries as a rich commercial center. Ukraine was then known as Kyiv-Ruce (Kiev-Rus) and because of this many have confused Ukraine with Russia. The fact is that Russia, as we know it, grew out of a city-state names Muscovy, and was knows as Muscovy until the early 1700s, when it was renamed Rossia (Russia).
Located in southeastern Europe, Ukraine has endured over 350 years of foreign invasions and domination, interspersed with brief periods of national independence. Because of its great wealth of natural resources and agricultural plenty, Ukraine, “The Bread Basket of Europe”, has often been subjugated by other countries. Except for the Carpathian Mountains to the southwest and the Black Sea to the south, Ukraine has no natural barriers and consequently has been the subject of frequent invasions by its neighbors. On August 24, 1991, Ukraine declared its independence from the Soviet Union. This act was ratified by referendum held on December 1, 1991, in which over 94% of the population voted for independence. Because of its rich mineral resources, rich soil, highly industrialized cities, skilled work force and economic potential, Ukraine has a promising future as a young democracy.
The trident, derived from the three-pronged spear of the sea god Poseidon (or Neptune), is the national symbol of free Ukraine. It appeared as an official symbol as early as the 10th century.
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The flag of the free Ukraine is made up of two equal horizontal bands, representing grain fields (golden yellow color) under a blue sky (azure blue color).
Area:603,700 km (233,200 sq. miles)
Size:Largest country in Europe (in square miles)
Ukraine Population:44,573,205 (2013 est.)
Major Cities:Kyyiv (Kiev) - capital—pop. 2,797,553 (2013 est.),
Kharkiv, Dnipropetrovsk, Donetsk, Odesa, Zaporizhzhya,
L'viv, Kryvyy, Mykolayiv, Mariupol and Luhansk
Language:Ukrainian (official) , Russian, Crimean Tatar,
Romanian, Polish and Hungarian
Religion:Orthodox and Catholic among others
Chief of State:President
Head of Government:Prime Minister
Name Origin:Ukraine's name can be traced back to ancient times, and simply means “land”
Independence: August 24, 1991 (from Soviet Union)