Ukraine is a relatively large country with an area of 603000 km² in Eastern Europe. It borders Russia to the east, Belarus to the north, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania and Moldova to the west.
The capital and most populous city of Ukraine is Kyiv. The territory of Ukraine has been inhabited since 32000 BC, but in its current borders Ukraine has only existed as a self-ruled country since the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991.
The territory of Ukraine consists mostly of plains. The only mountain range worth mentioning are the Carpatians, in the west of the country, with peaks exceeding 2000m.
Ukraine is not exactly a tourist destination. While no visa is needed for EU nationals, getting into Ukraine by car involves long waiting times at the borders. We managed to cross into Ukraine from Poland in less than three hours, but when leaving Ukraine we spent almost 15 hours at the border to Hungary.
Ukrainian roads are a bit of a mixed bag. While the roads connecting the largest cities (for instance Kyiv and Lviv) are reasonably good, secondary roads can be quite bad in some sections. However, at the time of visiting, roadworks were ongoing, so it's likely that the overall condition of Ukrainian roads will continue to improve.
Compared to countries more in the centre and west of Europe, there are fewer things to see in Ukraine, probably also due to the lower population density. The capital Kyiv lacks a clearly identifiable historic core. On the other hand, Ukraine is interesting to visit, in the sense that it is not the typical destination overrun by tourists, so the visiting experience will be a different one.
Lviv photo gallery  - 76 pictures of Lviv
Kiev photo gallery  - 154 pictures of Kiev
Kamianets-Podilskyi photo gallery  - 48 pictures of Kamianets-Podilskyi
76 photos of Lviv, a city in western Ukraine with an interesting historic core
154 photos of Kiev, the capital of Ukraine
48 photos of Kamianets-Podilskyi, a small historic city in western Ukraine with a castle
Chernivtsi photo gallery  - 52 pictures of Chernivtsi
Ivano-Frankivsk photo gallery  - 29 pictures of Ivano-Frankivsk
Uzhhorod photo gallery  - 61 pictures of Uzhhorod
52 photos of Chernivtsi, a city in western Ukraine with an interesting university
29 photos of Ivano-Frankivsk, a town in western Ukraine at the foot of the Carpathians
61 photos of Uzhhorod, a small city of 115000 inhabitants in western Ukraine
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