National Minorities

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...

Cubans of Ukraine. Who are they?

The Cuban community in Ukraine began to take shape in the 1960s, after the socialist system proclamation in the island nation. Diplomatic relations and student exchange programs between Cuba and the Soviet Union continued from then until Ukraine’s independence. Cubans...

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...

Poles of Ukraine. Who are they?

The Polish community, which has been living in what is now Ukraine since Kyivan Rus’, was one of the first to suffer from Soviet repression. In the 1930’s Poles were one of the first to be deported from Volynto Central...

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