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Republic of Ukraine

Area: 233.200 sq.miles (604.000 sq.km)
Population: 52,309,000 as of 1994
Capital: Kiev (2,642,700)
Religions: Ukrainian Orthodox
Currency: Hryvna.
GNP per capita: US$ 1,670
International Time: Ukraine is in one time zone -two hours after Greenwitch Mean Time. The country observes daylight saving time from the last Sunday in March to the last Sunday in September by advancing clocks one hour.

Profile: Bordering the Black Sea, this fertile country is an agricultural powerhouse, producing grain, fruit, and fodder crops. Together with Russia, Ukraine initiated the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) in 1991. Subsequent negotiations with Russia led to solution for such potentially explosive issues as the disposition of Ukraine vast array of nuclear and conventional weapons that once belonged to Soviet Union.
Ukraine is situated in Eastern Europe and lies in the Dnipro River basin. The river divides Ukraine into two halves - appropriately refered to as the Right Bank and the Left Bank.

New Year's DayJanuary 1
Christmas January 7
International Women's Day March 8
Easter April 27, 1997
Labor Day May 1 & 2
Victory Day, Mother's Day May 9
Kiev Days May 24& 25, 1997
Trinity Day June 16, 1997
Ukraine's Independence Day August 24
October Revolution November 7 & 8

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