Ukraine Country Quiz

Can you guess these facts about the country of Ukraine?
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Last updated: May 17, 2020
First submittedAugust 29, 2014
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Clue
Answer
Capital city
Kiev
Second most-populous city
(starts with K)
Kharkiv
Largest sea bordering Ukraine
Black Sea
Most-populous city on the above
Odessa
Mountain range passing through
southwest Ukraine
Carpathian
Longest river by length
within Ukraine
Dnieper
Country that Ukraine was part
of until 1991
Soviet Union
Peninsula seized by Russia in 2014
Crimea
Alphabet used in Ukraine
Cyrillic
Term for a Ukrainian province
Oblast
Ukrainian beet soup
Borscht
Ethnic group of horsemen who once
protected Russia's borders
Cossack
Site of a 1986 nuclear accident
Chernobyl
Clue
Answer
Dominant branch of Christianity
Eastern Orthodox
Millions died from this 1932 and 1933
The Holodomor
(famine)
Smallest (and poorest) country
which borders Ukraine
Moldova
Larger ethnic group which Ukrainians
are part of
Slavs
Protests that happened in 2004 after
vote-rigging and the poisoning of
a Presidential candidate
Orange
Revolution
In 2014, Russian separatists shot down
a plane from this airline
Malaysia Airlines
Former profession of current President
Volodymyr Zelensky
Comedian
In 1992, Ukraine gave up its massive
stockpile of these
Nuclear Weapons
Sport in which brothers Wladimir
and Vitali Klitschko were champions
Boxing
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Level 82
Sep 4, 2014
Any chance of accepting oblest for oblast?
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Level 67
Sep 4, 2014
no. there is no such thing a oblest.
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Level 81
Sep 4, 2014
good thing you got this up while there is still a Ukraine.
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Level 73
Aug 13, 2020
Still here 6 years later!
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Level 47
Dec 22, 2020
We'll see
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Level 48
Sep 4, 2014
Map is wrong because Crimea is not part of Ukraine anymore - its fact - no matter if its wrong or right.
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Level 81
Sep 4, 2014
Probably true, at least for the time being, though I'm taking a wait-and-see approach before I update my oldest cities quiz, which is now inaccurate for the same reason.
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Level 81
May 17, 2020
Were you also in a hurry for ISIL lands to be recognized?
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Level 75
May 17, 2020
That's the most ludicrous thing. While Russia's foolhardy, overly aggressive attempt left much to be desired, the Crimeans do not show any indication of ever wanting to be part of Ukraine, and appear to have joined Russia willingly. Not to mention they have never been part of any form of a Ukrainian state except for the brief post-Russian Revolution period in which Ukraine also controlled vast swathes of the Caucasus, which no one is in a hurry to "return" to them today. To compare it to the rats in ISIS is insane.
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Level 81
Aug 7, 2020
There were people in Iraq and Syria who also wanted to live in the Islamic State. It's a pretty apt comparison. What Russia did was an illegal, cynical, self-serving land grab that violated Ukraine's sovereignty and has resulted in thousands of deaths. They didn't and never have cared about protecting Russian-speaking people and are no heroes.
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Level 31
Sep 4, 2014
I thought Donetsk was the second biggest city in Ukraine.
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Level 65
Sep 29, 2014
Yeah, me too.
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Level 49
Jan 20, 2015
Odessa is pretty large :)
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Level 81
Aug 5, 2020
I thought it was Odessa. I think if Kharkiv is larger it only surpassed it recently. Could be wrong.
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Level 58
Aug 6, 2020
Odessa was larger when the Russian Empire was around, but Kharkiv is and has been larger than Odessa since when the USSR existed. Ukraine's population as a whole has been declining steadily since the collapse of the USSR.
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Level 82
Sep 4, 2014
How about you accept "hunger" for "famine"? You die of hunger and a shortage of food when people start dying of hunger is famine.
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Level 55
Sep 6, 2014
seconded!
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Level 82
Jan 29, 2016
thirded!
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Level 65
Dec 5, 2020
Hmm. You don't die of hunger, you die of starvation. hunger-famine is a bit like wind-tornado: famine is a disaster made up of extreme hunger, but hunger on its own is quite normal.
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Level 24
May 9, 2015
2 minutes left, not bad
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Level 55
Mar 22, 2018
I think I deserve 5 points just for spelling
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Level 71
May 17, 2020
Could you allow 'nuclear missiles'? Seems a bit odd that it's not allowed while 'nukes' is.
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Level ∞
May 17, 2020
We added that to the list of 10 or so things that were already accepted. Thank you for the suggestion.
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Level 74
May 18, 2020
The Danube is about 600 km longer than the Dnieper
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Level ∞
May 18, 2020
Added a caveat to the question.
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Level 67
May 18, 2020
Although those separatists in the Donbass are indeed most likely Ukrainian citizens with Russian ethnicity, I think the more appropriate/neutral term is "pro-Russian separatists". ("Russian separatists" would make to obvious that these lands are indeed "Russian lands"...;-) )
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Level 84
May 27, 2020
Ukraine is weak. :-)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fzLtF_PxbYw

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Level 71
Jul 10, 2020
Really?
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Level 84
Aug 5, 2020
I come from Ukraine. You not say Ukraine weak.
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Level 81
Aug 5, 2020
It's not weak it just is a vital choke point for trying to maintain control of either Europe or Asia, the two hardest to defend and most often contested continents, so it naturally gets overrun often.
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Level 81
Aug 5, 2020
Mixed feelings about this beautiful country. Had an unforgettable time there in the Spring of 2016 when I had a lovely apartment overlooking the Black Sea for a few weeks, another great place downtown in Kiev after that, visiting Chernobyl, relaxing on the beach, eating strawberries, meeting many impossibly lovely women. Had a decidedly less awesome time when I went back in the Winter of 2017, got stood up the 1st day, mugged and hospitalized on the 2nd, and was stuck inside recovering for the next couple months.
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Level 70
Aug 5, 2020
I can't help but believe there's a word missing here somewhere:

"Millions died from this 1932 and 1933"

Millions died from this "in" 1932 and 1933? Or perhaps Millions died from this 1932 and 1933 disaster/event/something else?

Open to ideas but I feel that it could be better.

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Level 58
Aug 5, 2020
Could you accept Pripyat for Chernobyl? Pripyat was the town a couple miles out that got abandoned... essentially the same thing.
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Level 81
Aug 5, 2020
If you know Pripyat you definitely know Chernobyl. And Pripyat is not where the accident occurred.
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Level 44
Aug 5, 2020
What does an "ethnic group of horsemen" mean? That statement is not worded correctly. From the way I read it, the author is insinuating that the Cossacks were ethnically Ukrainian which is factually incorrect. Cossacks were a Slavic Steppe people that lived in locally established "hosts" across Southern Russia and Eastern Ukraine since at least the 1500s. The Ukrainian Host is just one out of at least a dozen others.
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Level 81
Aug 5, 2020
You're not reading it right.
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Level 26
Aug 10, 2020
Cossack is a social term but not an ethnic.
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Level 56
Aug 12, 2020
I put Acrylic for Cryllic...
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Level 73
Aug 13, 2020
Next step: replace Cryllic with Cyrillic and you should be fine.
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Level 30
Sep 28, 2020
How about accepting "Nuclear Weapon" (w/o 's' in the end) as well?
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Level 65
Dec 5, 2020
So you're the so-and-so who gets s's removed from obviously plural words so that the rest of us are left with an 's' intruding on the following question?

"massive stockpile of these" - do you think one nuclear weapon counts as a massive stockpile? Can "these" refer to a singular thing? No and no. Stop being lazy and type the 's'!

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Level 64
Jan 30, 2021
could "carpatians" be accepted?