National Minorities

Who are the Horiuns?

In Slobozhanshchyna, near the cities of Putyvl and Bilopillia, Horiuns live. They are an East Slavic subethnic group that was formed on these lands in the 16th century. Now, there are only a few thousand Horiuns left.

Russians of Ukraine. Molokans. Who are they?

Old Believers or some would say schimastics began to settle in Ukrainian land with the beginning of the reformation of the Russian Orthodox Church in the XVIIth century. They interpreted Christianity differently and had a number of denominations, which gradually...

Nigerians of Ukraine. Who are they?

This year a music band TVORCHI, started by Ukrainian Andrii Hutsuliak and Nigerian Jeffrey Kenny, made it to the National Finals of the Eurovision Song Contest. A couple of years ago Jeffrey moved to Ukraine to become a doctor. And...

Vlachs of Ukraine. Who are they?

Vlachs have been living on the lands of today’s Zakarpattia since the 13th century. However, this unique etnic group is not at all bound by the past. Till now, one official version of their origins simply does not exist, and...

Syrians of Ukraine. Who are they?

The Syrian community in Ukraine began forming during the Soviet times. At first, Syrian students came to study, giving preference mainly to the medical field. In times of Ukraine’s independence, Syria and Ukraine have established active trade relations. Popular areas...

Vietnamese of Ukraine. Who are they?

Vietnamese diaspora around the world started to form actively in the middle of the 20th century, during the First and the Second Indochina Wars. The Soviet Union became one of the destinations for migration workers. Most of the Vietnamese living...

Czechs of Ukraine. Who are they?

Houses with orchards and sizeable yards, where one can hear both Czech and Ukrainian languages. Concrete footpaths, and a well looked after church. These are the typical sights of the Bohemka village in Prychornomoria. The village was founded in the...

Azerbaijanis of Ukraine. Who are they?

A series of events that led to the appearance of Azerbaijanis in Ukraine is colorful, like a pattern of world-famous Azerbaijani carpets. Service in the Soviet army, student exchanges among universities of the Soviet republics, and then — the First...

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