Ukraine is the largest country in Europe. It has a population of around 43,000,000.
Ukraine is split roughly between pro-Russian sentiment in the east and those favoring closer ties to the EU in the west.
Ukraine should have its own Orthodox church, independent from Moscow, the Istanbul-based Ecumenical Patriarchate has ruled in a bitter row. Representatives of Russia's Patriarch Kirill slammed the move as "catastrophic."
A new solar power plant has opened in Ukraine, a stone’s throw from where Europe’s biggest nuclear calamity took place three decades ago. In April 1986, a botched test ultimately led to thousands of deaths and clouds of nuclear fallout blowing across much of Europe.
The Russian Orthodox Church has downgraded "diplomatic relations" with Istanbul-based Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople. Bartholomew I has been accused of "anti-canonical activities" for sending bishops to Ukraine.