Travel Guide Thursdays: Ukraine

Planning a summer vacation? Perhaps you will find a Rampage player on your next trip. The Rampage has seen 293 players from all around the globe who have played with the Rampage at some point in the team’s nine-year history. Each Thursday throughout the offseason, sarampage.com will feature a location in which Rampage players call home.  The Rampage has had 188 players from Canada, 40 from Europe/other places around the world and 65 from the U.S. This week’s featured location is Ukraine in which two players call home.

Capital: Kiev
Government: Unitary semi-presidential republic
Leaders: President – Viktor Yanukovych; Prime Minister – Mykola Azarov; Speaker of Parliament – Volodymyr Lytvyn
Population: 45,888,000
Area: 233,090 square miles
Language: Ukrainian
Currency: Hryvnia
Climate (in capital city): Winter average high - 36; Summer average high – 70

Top places to visit in Kiev:
World War II Museum
Independence Square
Khreschatyk Street
Andriyivskyy Descent
Venetsianskyi Island
Castle of Richard the LLinoheart
St. Andrew’s Church
Bessarabsky Market
Kiev Fortress
The Museum of Great Patriotic War
National Art Museum of Ukraine
Golden Gate
Ukrainian National Chernobyl Museum
The Cave Monastery
St. Sophia Cathedral
St. Vladimir’s Cathedral
St. Michael’s Monastery
Mariyinsky Palace
National Opera and Ballet House
Babi Yar

Top places to visit in Ukraine:
Palanok Castle
Kamyanets-Podilsky Fortress
Khotyn Fortress and Castle
Akkerman Fortress
Svyatohirsk Monastery
Sofiyivsky Park – Uman
Khortytsia Island – Zaporizhzhya
Medzhibozh Castle – Medzhibozh
Trinity Church – Berezhany
Berezhany Castle – Berezhany
Hoverla Mountain - Carpathian Mountains

Top sights in Crimea:
Arabat Strip – Azov Sea Coast
Crimean Mountains
Khersones Ancient City – Sevastopol
Genoese Medieval Fortress – Sudak
Massandra Palace – Massandra
Livadiya Palace – Yalta
Nikitsky Botanical Gardens - Yalta
Vorontsov Palace – Alupka
Chufut – Kale (Cave City) – Bakhchisarai
Uspensky Cave Monastery – Bakhchisarai
Khan’s Palace – Bakhchisarai
Nuclear Submarine Base – Balaklava
Valley of Death – Balaklava
Genoese Fortress –Balaklava
Kara-Dag (Black Mountain) and Black Sea views – Karadah Nature Reserve

Rampage players from Ukraine (by city):
Kharkov, Ukraine – Denis Shvidki
Kiev, Ukraine – Igor Gongalsky


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