Ukraine is now the center of world events. To keep you informed, here is information about the geography of the country now under siege from its neighbor, Russia.
Ukraine is most comparable in size to the U.S. State of Texas and is home to 41 million people. That’s more than Canada and the state of California and roughly the same population as Iraq.
Ukraine’s land is mostly flat or rolling hills, with the Carpathian Mountains in the far west of the country. To the south is the Black Sea, where the port city of Odesa is located. In the southeast is the Crimean peninsula, which was annexed by Russia in 2014. The Sea of Azov separates Crimea from Russia and eastern Ukraine. Separating the country roughly in half is the Dnieper (pronounced NEE-proh) River.