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Church in L'viv, Ukraine. By Jorge Láscar [CC-BY-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons.

Church in L’viv, Ukraine. By Jorge Láscar [CC-BY-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons.

Snapshot of Ukraine – Ukrainian is the official language of Ukraine, though Russian is also widely spoken (especially in the eastern and southern regions); L’viv and its surrounding areas have a higher proportion of native Ukrainian speakers. Ukraine is a largely irreligious country, with about two-thirds of the population not adhering to any religion, mainly due to remaining Soviet influence. The country only became independent in 1991. The remaining population is mostly Christian, primarily belonging to various Eastern Orthodox churches. Despite the large proportion of irreligious people, Christianity still has an influence on Ukrainian life. Traditional elaborately designed Easter eggs, also called pysanky, have been made for centuries. Special meals and dishes are often prepared for Easter and Christmas, though in Ukraine Orthodox Christmas is celebrated on January 7 as a public holiday.

Many cultural traditions in textile arts, such as embroidery and weaving are still popular today. Traditional dress, music, and dances can still be seen in traditional celebrations. Rock, folk, and pop are popular musical styles today. Soccer and basketball are the most popular sports in Ukraine. Fish, cheese, and sausages are common parts of Ukrainian meals. Bread is a staple in most meals. Popular dishes include salo (cured slabs of fatback), borscht (a beetroot soup), sarma (cabbage leaves rolled around a minced meat filling), and chicken kiev.

“Salo” is a popular food item in L’viv.

The Church

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints first entered Ukraine in 1991 after the collapse of the Soviet Union and missionaries were sent in June of that year. The Kiev mission was created near the end of the year, and that mission split in 1993. Today there are over 11,000 members of the Church in Ukraine in four different missions and over fifty congregations. The first temple in Ukraine was dedicated, in Kiev, in 2010.


Ukrainian train. By George Chernilevsky (own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons.

Ukrainian train. By George Chernilevsky (own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons.

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President Daniel E. Lattin

Akademika Sakharova 43 str., office

Russian, Ukrainian
45,553,000 (Jan. 2013 census)
Non-religious, Russian Orthodox, Greek Orthodox
Humid continental climate with cold winters and mild summers
L'viv, Khmelnytsky, Lutsk, Rivne, Chernivtsi