25 Years of Independence: Ten facts about Ukraine

11:42 Aug. 24, 2016

Ten facts about Ukraine

Ukraine celebrates 25th anniversary of its independence on August 24 (UNIAN photo)

Ukraine celebrates 25th anniversary of its independence on August 24 

Ukraine declared independence from the Soviet Union 25 years ago today, on August 24, 1991. On the same day, Mikhail Gorbachev resigned as General Secretary of the Soviet Communist Party.

To mark the 25th anniversary of the nation's independence, British Express collected top 10 facts about Ukraine.

1. The area of Ukraine is the largest of any country in Europe. 

2. George Gershwin's song Summertime was inspired by an old Ukrainian lullaby. 

3. The deepest underground railway station in the world is in the Ukrainian capital Kyiv. 

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File photo: Arsenalna station of Kyiv Metro was opened in 1960 and is currently the deepest station in the world (105.5 metres)

4. Ukraine won two gold medals in Rio: men's parallel bars gymnastics and men's 200m canoe sprint.

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Ukraine's Yuri Cheban celebrates his gold medal in the men's single's canoe  200m final during the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016. (AP Photo)

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Ukraine's Oleg Verniaiev displays his gold medal for parallel bars during the artistic gymnastics men's apparatus final at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2016. (AP Photo)

5. Wedding rings are traditionally worn on the ring finger of the right hand in Ukraine. 

6. An average adult Ukrainian drinks 27.5 pints of alcohol a year. Only Moldovans, Russians, Czechs and Hungarians drink more. 

7. Ukraine's national dish, a delicacy known as salo, is made of cured pork fat. Chocolate-covered pork fat was introduced in 2006. 

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8. To celebrate the 20th anniversary of their independence five years ago, Ukrainians filled a Champagne flute containing 75 bottles. 

9. There are 33 letters in the Ukrainian alphabet. 

10. "Your head is not only for putting a hat on." (Ukrainian proverb).

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