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CHERKASY
Regional centre, one of the largest ports on the Dnieper, 240 km far from Kyiv. The population is 305 thou. The telephone code is 0472. Numerous chronicles of the 14th-15th cc. mention this town of Ukrainian Cossacks. It was also the centre of the national liberation movement of the 17th-18th cc.. You are also advised to visit Chyhyryn located 63 km far from Cherkasy, the first capital of the Ukrainian Cossack State and the residence of Hetman Bohdan Khmelnytsky, and the village of Subotiv, where he spent his childhood and was buried. On the high Dnieper bank you will find Kaniv, the place of eternal rest for the most outstanding Ukrainian poet, a true national tribune, Taras Shevchenko. And do not forget about Uman, with Dendropark Sophiivka, a romantic chef-d`oeuvre of landscape art, an astonishing monument to Love. On the other hand, the town is the centre of Hassid pilgrimage from the whole world.  
CHERNIHIV
Regional centre located on the right bank of the Dnieper, 150 km far from Kyiv. The population is 300 thou. The telephone code is 0462. One of the most ancient cities in Ukraine, the brother of golden-domed Kyiv. Its history is the reflection of the whole Ukraine`s history, with its bright and dark pages, and every epoch left its mark in city`s architecture. The high level of art characterized the culture of Chernihiv Principality. Famous cathedrals of Old Town (11th-13th cc.) are silent witnesses of the fact. Together with Kyiv`s temples they are the gem of the Ukrainian architecture of Kyiv Rus period. Besides them it is worth seeing remarkable monuments of Ukrainian baroque built by representatives of Cossack nobility.  
DNIPROPETROVSK
(Until 1918 - Sicheslav; until 1926 - Katerynoslav) Regional centre located on the Dnieper, 592 km far from Kyiv. The population is 1, 153 thou. The telephone code is 0562. Founded by Prince H. Potyomkin in 1787 on the site of the Zaporozhian village of Polovytsya, and named in honor of Empress Catherine II. The intensive development of the city began in the 1870s when the railroad line was built linking the town with the Kryvy Rih and Donets Basin. In 1917-20 the city was occupied several times by anarchist army of Nestor Makhno.
DONETSK

Regional centre, 871 km far from Kyiv. The population is 1108 thou. The telephone code is 0622. In 1869 Yuzivka, a worker`s settlement, was established to provide manpower for a metallurgical plant belonging to an Englishman named D. Yuz. In 1924-61 the city name was Stalino.

IVANO-FRANKIVSK
Regional centre located in the heart of Halychyna, 599 km far from Kyiv. The population is 264 thou. The telephone code is 03422. This land is the entrance to the picturesque Carpathian Mountains glorified by talented Gutsul craftsmen and charming folk songs. Nearly each historical event, from ancient days till the present time, being a marking point in the destiny of Western Ukraine was bound with this land, and could not but leave traces in the architectural image of the city. Being in Ivano-Frankivsk, you should not miss a chance to visit ancient Halych, to enjoy scenic landscapes of the Carpathians and wooden churches, to smell coniferous fragrance and to listen to talks of mountain waterfalls.
KHARKIV
Regional centre located at the confluence of the Kharkiv, Lopan and Uda Rivers, 487 km far from Kyiv. The second city for its population, above 1500 thou. The telephone code is 0572. The city was first mentioned in historical documents in 1655, when 500 Cossacks and their families settled in the area. In the late 17th c. Kharkiv was one of the largest commercial centres in Ukraine. From December 1919 to June 1934 it was the capital of Soviet Ukraine.
KHERSON
Regional centre located 584 km far from Kyiv. As it is situated on the Dnieper and not far from the sea it is both a river and a sea port. The population is about 360 thou. The telephone code is 0552. As most Southern Ukrainian cities it was founded in the 18th c. as a fortress and soon became one of the centres of ship-building and commerce, performing this role up to our days. Its churches and architectural monuments date back to the 18th-19th cc., when the Russian Empire conducted an active colonization policy on its southern lands. In high season time, i.e. in May - November it is strongly recommended to visit a unique Nature Preserve at the Black Sea - ASKANIA NOVA to observe wildlife in its natural surroundings.
KHMELNYTSKY
Regional centre located 348 km far from Kyiv. The population is 350 thou. The telephone code is 03822. Despite the first mentioning in 1493, its development really sterted only in the 19th c. due to the rise of manufacture and commerce, transforming it into one of the major wheat markets.
KIROVOHRAD
Regional centre, 392 km far from Kyiv. The population is 246 thou. The telephone code is 0522. The city is comparatively young as it was founded in the mid 18th c. as a fortress and later it became one of commerce centres in the southern steppe lands of the Russian Empire.
SIMFEROPOL
Administrative and cultural centre of the Crimea 852 km far from Kyiv. The population is about 400 thou. The telephone code is 0652. The city is the gate to the Crimea as here the airport and railway station are located. It is the first point on the route to Crimean resorts.
KYIV
Capital of Ukraine and the holy centre of Slavs, the most important cultural, scientific, industrial city of the country. The population is 2,654 thou. The telephone code is 044. City`s gates are two airports, international one - Boryspil located 20 km from the city and Zhuliany intended to serve domestic flights; railway and river terminals. This is one of the most charming and oldest cities of Europe known as "the Mother of Rus` cities". Every historical epoch left its mark here, but neither numerous foreign invaders nor economic declines were able to wipe it off the face of the earth. Glorious pages of the past and realities of the modern life have merged together creating the inimitable image of this city on the Dnieper banks. Among its places of interest there are a lot of remarkable monuments attracting constant attention of tourists: the Holy Sophia Cathedral, one of the first Christian temples in East Slav lands built in the 11th c. and famous for its frescoes and mosaics; Kyiv-Pechersk Monastery (Lavra), one of the most sacred places for Orthodox pilgrims from the whole Orthodox world, with its unique samples of religious architecture and saint caves; beautiful ensembles of St. Cyril`s and St. Anrew`s Churches, St. Volodymyr`s Cathedral and Vydubychi Monastery; Podil, a many-century commerce centre of Kyiv and Ukraine with typical merchant buildings and picturesque Andriyivsky Slope named by Kyivites and guests "Kyiv Monmartre". Numerous city`s museums welcome tourists to visit them and make acquaintance with Ukraine`s history (the Historical Museum), traditions of Ukrainian painting (Picture Gallery), glorious and tragic fight of our people during WW II (the Museum of Great Patriotic War 1941-1945; Babiy Yar) or mode of Ukrainian common people life (the National Architecture Museum in Pavlovo). Kyiv proposes a wide range of opportunities not only for cultural enrichment but also for relaxing and entertainment/ The famous Taras Shevchenko National Opera Theatre presents performances of the world`s standard. On the other hand, there is a wide range of night clubs, casinos and discos where boredom has been forgotten for ever.
LUHANSK
Regional centre, 836 km far from Kyiv. The population is 504 thou. The telephone code is 0642. In 1795 on the site of present-day Luhansk there was a cannon foundry which supplied the demands of the Black Sea Fleet. In 1882 Selyshche, Kamyany Brid and neighboring settlements joined to create the city of Luhansk. Its name changed several times: 1935-58 it was Voroshylovhrad; in 1958-70 - Luhansk; in 1970-90 - Voroshylovhrad; in 1990 it reverted to its former historical name.
LVIV
Regional centre located in Halychyna (Galicia) just on the route connecting Western and Eastern Europe, 544 km far from Kyiv. The population is above 800 thou. The telephone code is 0322. This scenic city in the west of Ukraine is considered to be the capital of Western Ukraine and one of the leading centres of the country`s cultural and spiritual life as well national liberation movement. For centuries it was repeatedly sacked by foreign invaders, but time and again it was rebuilt and restored by craftsmen, architects, men of arts and letters. Its dramatic destiny left the mark on lviv`s streets and squares, and the ensemble of Old Town with Market Square is a real masterpiece of medieval and renaissance architecture. Each building here seems to be a monument of arts, and every church or cathedral, Roman, Greek Catholic or Orthodox, is single and unrepeatable. In addition to the city`s historical centre, the popular tourist places of interest are: the Museum of Religion, the Historical Museum, the Museum ARSENAL, Picture Gallery, the National Architecture Museum, Lychakivsky Cemetery - a Lviv`s many-century necropolis. The city is proud of its Ivan Franko Opera House built in Vienna style and considered to be one of the most beautiful in Ukraine. It is in Lviv that you can enjoy the aroma of coffee in small and cozy coffee-houses and taste pies, cakes and rolls made in traditions of Austrian, Polish, Czechian, Ukrainian, Armenian cuisine as Lviv for many centuries was the crossing of cultures and nations.
MYKOLAYIV
Regional centre located on the coast of Buzk Estuary, 602 km far from Kyiv. The population is above 500 thou. The telephone code is 0512. Though people have been living here from ancient times, the city itself was founded only in 1789 and named in honour of St. Mykola as on this day the Turkish fortress Ochakiv was taken of Russian troops. From its early days it was a navy city, residence of the Black Sea Navy Headquarters and ship-yards. In the Soviet times it was the largest navy shipbuilding centre, and its produce has gained a world-wide recognition. Due to its specific history it has a few interesting architectural monuments.
ODESA
Regional centre, the main Ukrainian sea port located on the north-western coast of the Black Sea, 490 km far from Kyiv. One of the largest cities of Ukraine, southern gates of the state, important industrial, scientific, cultural and resort city. The population is 1,132 thou. The telephone code is 0482. This very special city is a true gem on the Black Sea Coast. Founded at the end of the 18th c., it soon became the important seaport, the centre of commerce and communication. Many Ukrainian and foreign men of arts and letters visited the city, and not every city has so rich literary biography as Odesa has. Its citizens (by the way, to be an Odesite means to be a man of special nation which peculiarities are humor and optimistic approach to life) are proud of the city`s historical and architectural monuments making its image unforgettable for ever: Odesa Opera Theatre, Prymorsky (Seaside) Boule-vard, Potiomkin Stairs, Derybasivska Street, etc. Outskirts of the city are known as balneological resorts. Regional centre, the main Ukrainian sea port located on the north-western coast of the Black Sea, 490 km far from Kyiv. One of the largest cities of Ukraine, southern gates of the state, important industrial, scientific, cultural and resort city. The population is 1,132 thou. The telephone code is 0482. This very special city is a true gem on the Black Sea Coast. Founded at the end of the 18th c., it soon became the important seaport, the centre of commerce and communication. Many Ukrainian and foreign men of arts and letters visited the city, and not every city has so rich literary biography as Odesa has. Its citizens (by the way, to be an Odesite means to be a man of special nation which peculiarities are humor and optimistic approach to life) are proud of the city`s historical and architectural monuments making its image unforgettable for ever: Odesa Opera Theatre, Prymorsky (Seaside) Boule-vard, Potiomkin Stairs, Derybasivska Street, etc. Outskirts of the city are known as balneological resorts.
POLTAVA
Regional centre located on the right bank of the Vorskla River, the Dnieper`s left tributary, 333 km far from Kyiv. The city is an important railway and highway crossing. The population is about 350 thou. The telephone code is 0532. This city is considered to be the heart of Ukraine due to many factors: its geographical location, its role in the development of Ukrainian culture and life. It is associated with the names of many famous Ukrainian writers. It is associated with the attempts of Ukrainian Hetmah Ivan Mazepa to turn the Ukraine`s destiny to sovereignty and free it from a hard despotism of Peter the Great and the Russian Empire. In this struggle he supported the Swedish king Charles XII in the Poltava Battle which brought victory to the tsar and made even the word "Ukraine" forbidden in Ukraine. The State Poltava Battlefield Museum tells about this tragic event. Poltava Land is the region to be visited if you want to understand Ukrainian people`s soul. The National Pottery Museum in the village of Opishnya shows how music and nature, life and humour are reflected in clay, the National Embroidery Museum in Reshetylivka shows you the same but on famous Ukrainian rushnyky (towels). And while visiting Myrhorod or the Market in Velyki Sorochyntsi you will understand Ukrainians best of all.
RIVNE
Regional centre located 321 km far from Kyiv. The population is 300 thou. The telephone code is 0362. Since the 13th c. this town has been playing an important part in the Ukrainian commerce. Dubno, Korets, Mezhyrich, Ostroh are known for their unique historical monuments. The small village of Plyasheva became the symbol of Cossack glory and tragedy as it was the place where in 1651 one of bloodiest battles between Ukrainian and Polish troops was held.
SUMY
Regional centre 339 km far from Kyiv. The population is above 200 thou. The telephone code is 0542. The destiny was not favorable for this Ukrainian city lying in the northeast of the country. Many times it was ruined completely and even had 4 hundred years gap in its development when all this land was devastated an uninhabited. Rebuilt in the 17th c., it became a Cossack fortress. The monuments of religious architecture are not numerous and old (18th-20th cc.) but any of them is marked by something special and unique.
TERNOPIL
Regional centre located on the Seret River, 465 km far from Kyiv. The population is 170 thou. The telephone code is 0352. This medieval town became one of the national movement centres. The dramatic history of the land made it the place of mass emigration: thousands of Ukrainians had to leave the Motherland looking for the best life overseas.
VINNYTSYA
Regional centre located on the Southern Buh River, 260 km far from Kyiv. The population is 379 thou. The telephone code is 0432. Built as a fortress in the mid-14th c., it was famous for its brave warriors and was the place of numerous battles. Despite its difficult destiny a number of beautiful architectural ensembles have preserved till our days.
LUTSK
Regional centre located on the Stir River, 470 km far from Kyiv. The population is 214 thou. The telephone code is 03322. First mentioned in the 11th c., it became one of the largest cities of Galician-Volynian Principality and Lithuanian Duchy. In the 15th-16th cc. Lutsk was one of the international trade centres and played an outstanding role in Ukrainian spiritual renaissance.
UZHHOROD
Regional centre located on the Uzh River, 819 km far from Kyiv. The population is 125 thou. The telephone code is 03122. The variety of cultures merged together has given an original style to the city. Mukacheve town located 40 km far from Uzhorod on the Latorytsya is famous for the 14-17th cc. castle Palanok.
ZAPORIZHZHYA
Regional centre located in the south of Ukraine, 568 km far from Kyiv. The population is above 800 thou. The telephone code is 0612. The city itself was founded in the 18th c., but even its name associated with Ukrainian Cossacks, because here, on the Island of Khortytsya the legendary Cossack capital-fortress Zaporozhian Sich was located. Besides this top-level sightseeing place, the city is known as one of the largest country`s industrial centres producing, first of all, steel and metal goods. Another interesting place is Dniprohes - Dnieper Hydro Power Station, one of the monuments of Soviet epoch. In the history of this land an important role was played by German colonists - Mennonites who settled here in the 18th c. and had to leave this land due to repressions at the beginning of the 20th c.
ZHYTOMYR
Regional centre, 135 km far from Kyiv. The population is about 250 thou. The telephone code is 0412. Zhytomyr has its own place in Ukrainian culture, and not only in Ukrainian one. This land is regarded to be one of the centres of Jewish settlement in Ukraine, so many people come here to see the tombs of their ancestors and find their roots. Some places are associated with the name of the outstanding French writer Honore de Balzac who visited this land several times.
 

The Golden Gate (Kyiv)
The Opera House (Kyiv)
Cossacks
Swallow Nest (Yalta)
The Carpathian Mountains
Dniprohes (Zaporizhya)
Rivne

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