WARNING: There are risks of traveling to parts of Ukraine under control of pro-Russian separatists (Luhansk and Donetsk). While tourists are unlikely to be the intended targets of violence, government services (police, hospitals, firefighters) are not available in these areas. Crossing from Russia into occupied areas is illegal. Crossing into Russia from the stable Northeast is not recommended. Crimea has been under Russian control since its annexation in 2014 and should not be considered a part of Ukraine for travel purposes.Travelling to Chernobyl and the whole radiation zone which includes the ghost city of Prypiyat should at all costs only be done with tours. Travelling there without a tour is forbidden. Stay with your tour group at all times. Wandering off or travelling without a tour can result in fines and radiation exposure that may cause serious illnesses, death or coma.Ukraine (Ukrainian: Україна) is a country in Eastern Europe. It lies at the northwest end of the Black Sea, with Russia to the east, Belarus to the north, Poland to the northwest, Slovakia and Hungary to the west, and Romania to the south west and south, with Moldova in between.Ukraine takes its roots from the establishment of the East Slavic state Kyivan Rus (IX-XIII centuries). Since then, Ukraine preserved its geographical location, capital and national customs (including Kyivan Rus state emblem).