The impressive capital of Ukraine, Kyiv boasts of a rich, ancient history. According to legends, this port city on the Dnieper River was founded by three brothers named Kyi, Shchek and Khoryv, and their sister Lybid.

The city-name Kyiv means ‘belonging to Kyi’. It acquired the title ‘Mother of Rus Cities’, a thousand years ago, as the centre of Kievan Rus. The city suffered heavy damages during World War II, but it was rebuilt and restored by the mid-1950’s. The second half the 20th century saw Kyiv flourishing with a well-developed economy and cultural life.

Ukraine became independent from the Soviet Union in 1991, and this enhanced the status of Kyiv as a major capital city in Europe.

The city has many higher education centres and hi-tech industries. There are famous historical landmarks, too, like the Saint Sophia Cathedral and Golden Gates of Kyiv.

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