Nestled on the coast of the Black Sea, Ukraine is a presidential republic which was made independent in 1991 after the fall of the Soviet Union. It borders Russia, Belarus, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania and Moldova, and is considered the largest country in Europe.
Ukraine suffers from political instability, as its west and center support a pro-Western policy, while its east and south are pro-Russian. Nevertheless, governmental stability has prevailed.
The country's economy has had its ups and downs since Ukraine gained independence, but it has been experiencing positive financial growth since the beginning of the decade nonetheless – a trend attributed to the high prices of energy products.
Ukraine at a Glance
Airports: Donetsk ;Kiev - Borispol ; Kiev Zhulyany; Lviv; Mariupol; Odessa
Currency: Hryvnia (UAH)
Courier Companies: Brinks; Malca-Amit
Diamond and Jewelry Shows: Elite Expo; Jeweller Expo; Jeweller's Salon; Jewellery World
Driving License: International
Internet Domain: "ua"
Languages: Ukrainian, Russian
Public Holidays: New Year's Day; Orthodox Christmas Day; Valentine's Day; Veteran's Day; International Women's Day; Air Force Day; Easter; Labor Day; Victory Day; Constitution Day; Independence Day; Beginning of the school year
Religion: Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Pravoslavic)
Time Zone: GMT+3
Telephone Code: +380 (Kiev: +44, Odessa: +48, Uman: +4744)
Weather: While the majority of Ukraine is prone to temperate continental weather, its south enjoys Mediterranean climate. Wintertime can see temperatures drop to minus 10 degrees. Spring and autumn see temperatures of about 15 degrees and summer temperatures reach 23 degrees.
Economic Mission of Israel in Ukraine
Israeli Embassy in Kiev
Israel-Ukraine Chamber of Commerce
Ukrainian Embassy in Israel