Ukraine is located in Eastern Europe, and it is the second-largest one in Europe after Russia. It shares its borders with Russia, Belarus, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Moldova, and it has a coastline along the Black Sea, as well as the Sea of Azov. The total area that Ukraine covers is around 603,000 square kilometers. The population of the country is around 41 million people, which makes it the eighth-most populous country in Europe. The capital and the largest city in Ukraine is Kyiv.
Ukraine gained its independence in 1991, shortly after the fall of the Soviet Union. Today, the country is considered to be a developing one, and it ranks 74th in the Human Development Index. With that being said, the country suffers from a high poverty rate, and severe corruption is also a problem.
However, Ukraine is one of the largest grain exporters in the world, and it has the third-largest military in Europe, just after Russia and France. The country is a unitary republic with a semi-presidential system. Ukraine is also a member of the UN, the Council of Europe, OSCE, the GUAM Organization, and it is one of the founding members of CIS, though it was never a member of it.