How much do you know about Ukraine? Take our quiz!

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A full moon rises in the night sky during a lunar eclipse above the golden domes of the Orthodox Monastery of Caves in Kiev, Ukraine.

Ukraine, the crossroads of East and West, is both Eastern Europe’s heart and its major fault line. Blessed with rich, arable soil, the region has been the breadbasket to many empires and nations that have ruled over its lands. Since the breakup of the Soviet Union in 1991, Ukraine has been an independent country — the first time since the 14th century. But despite a legacy of foreign rule, Ukraine and its people have long cultivated a unique identity and culture among the Slavic peoples.

1. Ukraine is the largest contiguous state situated entirely in Europe. How does it rank in terms of population among European countries?





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