Ukraine at a Glance
- 1917: the collapse of Tsarist Russia brings about a short-lived period of Ukrainian independence (1917-1920).
- 1920: Ukraine becomes a part of the USSR and suffers from two politically generated famines (1921-22 and 1932-33) in which over eight million people die.
- 1939-1945: In World War II some seven to eight million Ukrainians lost their lives.
- 1991: independence for Ukraine at the time of the break up of the USSR.
- Today: the legacy of state control largely remains, and efforts to reform the economy, make progress with privatisation and enhance civil liberties have been moderate.
- Ukraine is a lower middle income country with GNI per capita of US$ 3,010. An estimated 69% of Ukrainians live in urban areas as of 2010. Population is over 45 mln. 78 per cent of the population is Ukrainian.
- After a sharp fell for about ten years after the independence, the rapid economic growth was observed in Ukraine from 2000 till 2007. In 2008 Ukraine was greately affected by the economic crisis and living standards continued falling. Unemployment rate is estimated at 7%.
- The GDP in Ukraine was worth 165.25 billion US dollars in 2011, according to a report published by the World Bank. In 2010 some improvement of the situation with relative poverty was observed: the level of poverty has decreased by 2.3 percentage points – from 26.4% to 24.1%; the level of extreme poverty also decreased by 2,2 % (from 13.0% to 11.2%). This improvement of poverty indicators in 2010 occurred due to the reduction of poverty levels among pensioners, whereas working individuals almost did not feel any positive changes or the situation is even worsened.
- Head of State: President Viktor Yanukovich
- Head of Government: Prime Minister Mykola Azarov
- Cabinet of Ministers proposed by the President and approved by the Verkhovna Rada (Parliament).
- Unicameral Verkhovna Rada (Parliament) (450 seats elected by proportional system)
- Ukraine has 24 provinces (oblasts) and the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, and the cities of Kyiv and Sevastopol.
Policies on women and children
Ukraine has made a number of commitments to improve the wellbeing of children - particularly by signing and ratifying:
- The UN Convention of the Rights of the Child (CRC) in 1991
- The Optional Protocol to the UN CRC on the Sale of Children, Child Prostitution and Child Pornography in 2003,
- The UN Convention on the Elimination of All forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) in 2003
- The Optional Protocol to the UN CRC on the Involvement of Children in Armed Conflict in 2004
- The UN Convention against Trans-national Organized Crime in February 2004
Ukraine was one of the countries that initiated the UN Special Session on HIV/AIDS (UNGASS) in 2001. In 2002 Ukraine endorsed the UN Special Session on Children’s Outcome Document entitled A World Fit for Children.
As of November 2008, the Government of Ukraine has not yet passed a law on universal salt iodisation to prevent iodine deficiency disorders that puts at risk 80 per cent of all newborns.
The Government of Ukraine has signed - but not ratified - the International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes. A study conducted by UNICEF in 2004 revealed that baby food manufacturers market their products in 65 per cent of all medical institutions in Ukraine.