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Ukraine: A history in pictures
June 24, 2012 -- Updated 1226 GMT (2026 HKT)
Ukraine achieved independence shortly before the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991.
Europe's second largest country, it boasts sweeping and fertile agricultural plains as well areas of heavy industry.
Ukraine: The land
Brutal moments in history
Independence from the Soviet Union
Liberalization and hardship
Global economic crisis
Heritage and history
Bread and welcome
Opposition and controversy
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