The country consists of flat and fertile plains with the exception of the Carpathian mountain range that arches into the far west of the country.
Its largest city is the capital Kyiv, home to nearly 3 million people about the same as Chicago.
The time difference from San Francisco to Kyiv is 10 hours so if it's 6 p.m. on the West Coast, it's already 4 a.m. tomorrow there. #pronunciation
The country borders three former soviet states; Russia, Belarus, Moldova and four countries in the European Union; Poland, Slovakia, Hungary and Romania.
Ukraine shares borders with Russia, Belarus, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania and Moldova, all countries that used to have close ties to the former USSR.
￫ Union of Soviet Socialist Republics