Monday, November 22, 2004


Ukrainian �Kyyiv�, Russian �Kiyev� chief city and capital of Ukraine and capital of Kiev oblast (province). A port on the Dnieper River and a large railroad junction, it is a city with an ancient and proud history. As the centre of Kievan Rus, the first eastern Slavic state, 1,000 years ago it acquired the title �Mother of Rus Cities.� It was severely damaged during World War II, but by the mid-1950s it was fully restored, and


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