With an area of 603,700 sq km in the Eastern Europe, Ukraine borders Russia to the north-east, Belarus to the north, Slovakia, Poland and Hungary to the west, Moldova and Romania to the south-west, and the Sea of Azov and Black Sea to the south. As of 1 st January, 2006 there are 457 cities in Ukraine.
The following are some of the major cities of Ukraine:
Kiev: The capital of Ukraine and also the largest city, it's located in the north central part of the country on the Dnieper River. By 2005 Kiev had 2,660,401 inhabitants. This major city of Ukraine is an important industrial, scientific, educational and cultural center of Eastern Europe.
Chernivtsi: Located on the Prut River which flows down from the Carpathians to the Black Sea, Chernivtsi is the historic city in the Northern Bukovina region of western Ukraine. The administrative center of the Province of Chernivtsi Oblast, it has a population of about 260,000.
Odessa: The fourth largest city in Ukraine, it's often referred to as “Little Paris”. This popular city of Ukraine with a population of 1,029,000 is the largest seaport in Ukraine and also a major seaport on the Black Sea. A world famous tourist's destination, it has seven theatres, plus the world famous “Odessa Opera and Ballet Theatre”.
Lviv: Founded in the middle 13 th century by Galician King, Volynian, who named the city in honor of his son, Lev. It's a major metropolitan city in western Ukraine and the administrative center of Lviv Oblast. With 800,000 inhabitants the city is home to many industries and institutions of higher education. One of the well known cities of Ukraine, it's regarded as the main cultural centers and also serves as Ukraine's second major international airport.
Kharkiv: The second largest city in Ukraine and the administrative center of the Province of Kharkiv Oblast as well as Kharkivskyi Raion, it's one of the important cities of Ukraine. With a population of 1,461,300 in 2006, Kharkiv is one of the main industrial, cultural and educational centers of Ukraine. A famous landmark of Kharkiv is its Freedom Square, which is the second largest city square in Europe, and the 4th largest square in the world.
Rivne: With a population of 249,900 as of 2004, it's the administrative center of the Province of the Rivne Oblast located 321 km from Kyiv on the Ustya River. One of Ukraine's major cities, its an important transportation hub, with the international Rivne Airport, and rail links to Sarny, Zdolbuniv and Kovel, as well as highways linking it with Kiev, Lviv and Brest.
Some other popular cities of Ukraine are: