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Ukraine is a country in eastern Europe. Before independence, Ukraine was part of the Soviet Union. In 2014, the country was part of the Crimea issue that would have likely put the 2018 World Cup to be moved. It borders Russia, Hungary, Slovakia, Poland, Belarus, Moldova and Romania.


Ukraine shares success with music because of the country's wins with Ruslana and Jamala as their country representatives in the Eurovision Song Contests in 2004 and 2016.


Ukraine's most popular sport is football. The Ukraine national football team qualified for the 2006 FIFA World Cup and UEFA Euro 2012 as hosts along with Poland. Ukraine also qualified for Euro 2016, their first successful qualification while playing qualifying playoffs, avenging their Euro 2000 loss to Slovenia. The Ukraine women's national football team qualified for UEFA Women's Euro 2009.

Ukraine has also enjoyed Olympic success in summer sports. They also won Olympic medals in winter sports, including a gold in women's biathlon relay.

At the ATP ranking of 13, Alexander Dolgopolov was the highest ranked Ukrainian player, received this ranking in January 2012. Elina Svitolina is the highest ranked Ukrainian women's tennis player, taking over Alona Bondarenko on the rankings in the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup era, on June 8; and on the WTA rankings still remains overtaking Alona Bondarenko as the top Ukrainian.