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Snapshot of Ukraine – Ukrainian is the official language of Ukraine, though Russian is also widely spoken (especially in the eastern and southern regions). Ukraine is a largely irreligious country, with about two-thirds of the population not adhering to any religion. 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. 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.


Baked goods in Donetsk, Ukraine.

Baked goods in Donetsk, Ukraine.


Tram in Donetsk, Ukraine. Photo by Andrew Butko [GFDL 1.3], via Wikimedia Commons.

Tram in Donetsk, Ukraine. Photo by Andrew Butko [GFDL 1.3], via Wikimedia Commons.

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President Robert B. Lochhead

Prospekt Bogdana Khmelnitskogo 67a

45,553,000 (Jan. 2013 census); estimated 20 million within mission boundaries.
Steppe part of Ukraine with a moderate continental climate, with mild winters and warm summers average temperatures of 23 °F in January and 64 °F in June, often rainy.
Donetsk, Kharkiv, Luhansk