Ukraine, the second-largest country in Eastern Europe, is found at the southwest corner of Russia. To the south of Ukraine is the Black Sea.
Population: 44.2 million
Ethnic Groups: Ukrainian (77.8%), Russian (17.3%), Belarusian (0.6%), Moldovan (0.5%), Crimean Tatar (0.5%), Bulgarian (0.4%), Hungarian (0.3%), Romanian (0.3%), Polish (0.3%), Jewish (0.2%), Other (1.8%)
Languages: Ukrainian (Official) (67.5%), Russian (29.6%), Others (2.9% - Romanian, Polish, Hungarian)
Religions: Ukrainian Orthodox - Kyiv Patriarchate (50.4%), Ukrainian Orthodox - Moscow Patriarchate (26.1%), Ukrainian Greek Catholic (8%), Ukrainian Autocephaious Orthodox (7.2%), Roman Catholic (2.2%), Protestant (2.2%), Jewish (0.6%), Others (3.2%)
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Ukraine has a rich Christian heritage - Christianity was found in Ukraine as early as in the first century AD. Christianity was further spread in this area of the world during the 9th century due to missionaries and during the 10th century because of Christian rulers. Ukrainians suffered greatly during the Communist era of the 20th century, and the Church was persecuted. However, there has been freedom of religion since 1990, and Ukraine became independent in 1991. Economic progress has been slow, but Ukraine has rich mineral deposits, fertile land, and a strong education system - so there is great potential for growth. Today, most Ukrainians identify as Christian; the Church was able to survive the persecution during the Communist years.