Ukraine is in the eastern side of Europe. Ukraine was one of the founding members of the Soviet Union, but once the Soviet Union dissolved in 1991, the country became independent. Recently, with the collapse of the Yanukovych government, and the 2014 revolution, Crimea, Ukraine's autonomous region, has been looking to secede from the country. Although a treaty was signed between Crimea and Russia for accession, the United Nations does not acknowledge this treaty.
Ukraine is the second largest country in Europe, with fertile plains and several rivers. The country also has many natural resources such as oil, gas, iron ore, coal, and more. The country has a temperate climate, with cold winters inland and cool winters along the coast. Rainfall is distributed mainly towards the west. Nearly 45 million people call Ukraine home, of which about 77.8% are Ukrainians and 17% are Russians, and with smaller numbers of other ethnic groups.
Ukraine's economy mostly stems from their heavy industry base, and the country is one of the largest refiners of metal products in Europe. Ukraine has also become well-known for their vehicles and other high-tech goods.