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Odesa (Odessa) Ukraine: Travel, Sightseeing, and Photos

Odessa — Ukraine's Black Sea Port City Odessa (sometimes spelled Odesa) is one of foreigners' favorite destinations in Ukraine. Odessa has one million inhabitants and lies on the Black Sea coast northwest of Crimea (see map). It became an important port during the 19th century and was the USSR's most important point of trade. The city has a lively, cosmopolitan spirit, and Odessites (or Odessans) are known for their openness and use of humor in public. Odessa was always home to an extremely diverse population....

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Lviv, Ukraine Travel Information

Lviv — Ukraine's Western Capital No tourist visit to Ukraine is complete without a trip to Lviv. Lviv is the largest city and cultural center of western Ukraine, with around 800,000 inhabitants (see map). If you are coming here from Kiev or other Ukrainian cities farther east you will definitely sense differences in the culture and architecture. Indeed, Lviv was a part of some five or so different countries over the past 120 years. The city has a noticeably more European flavor than those further east, with a historic....

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Kyiv (Kiev) Ukraine: Travel and Sightseeing in the Capital of Ukraine

Kiev, Capital of Ukraine Kiev (also spelled Kyiv) is the capital and largest city of Ukraine with over 3 million inhabitants (see map). It was the birthplace of Kievan Rus, the Eastern Slav mother state of a thousand years ago. Here Eastern Orthodoxy became the dominant religion of future Russia and Ukraine. Old Kiev was built on the high right bank of the Dnipro river, and the city has many hills, parks, islands, and forested areas. To foreign visitors Ukrainians' lifestyle may be just as interesting as....

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