Area: 603,700 sq km
A flat, fertile, forested plain with few natural boundaries.
Population: 45,433,415 Annual Growth: -0.65%
Capital: Kyiv (Kiev)
Official language: Ukrainian, but Russian widely spoken Languages: 42 All languages
Largest Religion: Christian
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The Orange Revolution displayed both the incredible potential and the predictable humanity of Ukraine. After non-violent mass demonstrations forced new elections and greater freedoms, many felt Ukraine was on the road to widespread transformation. Sadly, much remains unchanged. Opposing political leaders undermined one another, and the nation remains intrinsically divided between East and West. Pray for this fault line to be repaired by genuine healing and reconciliation.
Ukraine is a key nation, a bridge between East and West, Orthodox and Catholic. Slavic Christianity was born in Kyiv 1,000 years ago. Most Ukrainians are part of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, but it is torn by factions loyal to competing patriarchs in Kyiv and Moscow. The Autocephalous Orthodox Church condemns both for compliance with the Communists, but is itself beset with schisms. The Greek or Uniate Catholic Church, which follows the Orthodox liturgy and structure but accepts the leadership of the Pope, is also large. There is much competition for limited resources, reacquired buildings and dwindling populations. Superstition and superficiality are widespread, but those with a love for God and the Scriptures remain faithful. Pray that spiritual life and renewal, rather than power-politics, may govern structures and relationships within these large Christian bodies.
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