What Is the Capital of Ukraine?


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Kiev, or Kyiv, is the capital of Ukraine. Kieve is a port of the Dnieper River and a major railroad depot. With its 2013 population of 2.8 million people, Kiev is also Ukraine's largest city.

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One of the oldest cities in Eastern Europe, Kiev's history dates to the ninth century A.D. Since then it has often served as the capital of various political units, including the Kievan Rus' and Kiev Voivodeship. When the Russian Empire captured Kiev, the city remained an important center of religion, industry and commerce, and that importance persisted under the Soviet Union, when Kiev was capital of the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic. It has remained the capital since the collapse of the U.S.S.R. in 1991 and the subsequent emergence of a politically independent Ukraine.

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