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Mammoths – Extinct, But Not Forgotten

Discovered in the village of Mezhyrich in the Cherkasy Oblast, and now exhibited at Kiev's Zoological Museum, a dwelling made of enormous mammoth tusks reveals that these gigantic elephant-like creatures were once plentiful in this region of Ukraine. It is documented that Ukraine has the greatest number of mammoth-related discoveries in Europe, and researchers are of the opinion that mammoths still roamed the region up to thirteen thousand years ago. At that time the landscape was much different from the lush forests, sparkling rivers and picturesque lakes that characterize Ukraine. Instead the animals and humans living in the region were faced with dry summers, harsh winter conditions, and a terrain with sparse vegetation.

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Medzhybizh – The Birthplace of Hasidic Judaism

Believed to date back to early medieval times, the town of Medzhybizh is first documented as an estate in Kievan Rus when it became the property of Prince Svyatoslav of Kiev in 1146. Lying at the confluence of the Buh and Buzhenka rivers, Medzhybizh' position made it an attractive target for those seeking to dominate the region and the town changed hands repeatedly in the following years. Evidence of the various periods of occupation by Cossacks, Turks, Poles and Russians, are found in the architecture and ruins of the town, as well as in the ancestry and religious beliefs of the people who live there.

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Sliding on the Snow Stone: A memoir, one Ukrainian man's journey

Visitors to Ukraine will marvel at the magnificence of the Carpathian Mountains in the south-west, or at the many beautiful buildings and churches in Kiev, the country's capital. Younger visitors may choose to jump on a train down to the Crimea, where a sunshine party atmosphere rivals that of the Balearic Islands.

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Vytynanky - Cutting Edge Craft

The intricate art of vytynanky is believed to have originated among upper class Ukrainians and government officials toward the end of the 15th or early 16th century, taking some years before it filtered through to the general population. Decorative paper cut-outs were first used in the sealing of private letters and official documents, where the patterned cut-out would receive a drop of sealing wax imprinted with an official or family seal. This was common practice in many European countries at the time, with the cost of the colored paper putting it out of reach for most households.

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Mysterious Cucuteni-Trypillian Culture of Ukraine

Located near the village of Trypillia in the Obukhiv District of central Ukraine's Kiev Oblast, the ruins of Trypillia were discovered in 1893 and reported to the 11th Congress of Archeologists in 1897. This became the official date of the discovery of the fascinating Cucuteni-Trypillian culture, which is believed to have extended over an area of around 35,000 square kilometers, incorporating parts of present-day Moldova, Romania and Ukraine, between 5400 and 2700 BCE.

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Speleology in Ukraine

There is always something new to discover about our planet; we never stop learning and exploring new wonders of nature. Above ground, the mountains, rivers, volcanoes, marine life, animals and birds keep us mesmerized, but what few know is that there is a world underground that is worth exploring and studying. Speleology is the study of caves and other underground karsts. What interests speleologists is the history, physical structures and the life forms that are found in these underground realms. Speleology and caving go hand in hand, becoming an attraction in Ukraine and an activity that many enjoy.

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Yaroslav I the Wise

The history of Yaroslav I the Wise reads like an intricate novel of deception and of victory. The rule of Yaroslav was not only vital to Novgorod and Kiev, but he left a permanent historical mark on the country. He is remembered and tribute paid to him through monuments and is depicted on the 1000 ruples Russian banknote. He was the son of Vladimir the Great, and his rise to power is an epic story.

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Kseniya Simonova – Stories in Sand

As the 2009 winner of the popular television contest Ukraine's Got Talent, sand painter Kseniya Simonova revealed her extraordinary talent to fellow Ukrainians, receiving a standing ovation for her performance. Thanks to the internet this innovative artist has gained worldwide recognition, and with the upcoming EuroVision Song Contest in Düsseldorf during May, Kseniya will be providing a moving backdrop for the Ukrainian singing sensation, Mika Newton, as she performs her hit song Angel.

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