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ABOUT KYIV - Fast Facts

Country:   Ukraine  
Country Location:   Eastern Europe 
Capital:   Kyiv   
Country Population:  Over 48 million  
City Population:  Over 3 million  
Geography: As the geographic center of Europe and located on the banks of the Dnipro River, Kyiv is one of the principal transportation routes of Europe.
History: Founded around 482 A.D., Kyiv is considered the home of the most ancient developed civilization known as Trypillian culture. According to legend, three brothers Kyi, Schek and Khoryv, and their sister Lybid founded Kyiv. The city was named in honor of the eldest brother, Kyi. (It is also known by its Russian name, Kiev.).
Industry: Machinery, construction, chemicals, agriculture (grain production)and textiles.  
Did you know? Alive with trees and flowers, Kyiv is known as a “city within a park” and is also called the Gold-Domed city due to the huge number of orthodox churches.  
Flag Description: The flag of Ukraine is a blue and golden yellow horizontal bicolor that was officially adopted in 1992.  
April 28

Focus:  Government/Cultural
Chicago Sister Cities commemorated the 25th anniversary of the Chornobyl nuclear explosion.

Renowned Chornobyl expert H.E. Dr. Yuri Scherbak, former Ambassador of Ukraine to the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Israel, delivered a keynote address commemorating the nuclear power plant explosion in Chornobyl, Ukraine on April 26, 1986. This disaster is considered to be one of the gravest environmental disasters of humankind.

As an eyewitness to the Chornobyl nuclear disaster in 1986, H.E. Dr. Scherbak wrote about his experience in a sensational exposé documentary novel Chornobyl, which was published in most ex-Soviet countries, as well as in North America and Europe (notably in Canada, the UK and the US). As the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Energy and Nuclear Safety, Dr. Scherbak led the first parliamentary investigation of the accident at the Chornobyl Nuclear Power Plant, a nuclear accident in Semipalatinsk (now Semey, Kazakhstan), and one in the Urals.

Chicago Sister Cities screened a new documentary, Block Four, which features interviews with survivors of the Chernobyl nuclear explosion and an in-depth look at life in the Chernobyl region today.  Bill Kurtis, CBS 2 News Co-Anchor and Award-Winning Journalist delivered introductory remarks.


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