11. Transport System
Ukraine has a well-developed system of public transportation. Every large city and regional center is connected to the railway network and receives passenger trains daily from other major cities. Many cities also contain cheap and efficient bus and tram services, costing as little as 8UAH (0.3$). Airports in Ukraine are easily accessible by public transport and service buses, or taxis which would cost about 7UAH per km. To reach Kyiv Boryspil Airport you can also take an express train from the railway station.
12. World’s Largest Sunflower Seed Producer
Ukraine is the world’s largest producer of sunflower seeds, followed closely by Russia. The US is the world’s 10th largest producer of sunflower seeds, with most being grown in South Dakota and North Dakota. It is estimated that the total size of Ukraine’s sunflower farmlands could cover the entire territory of Slovenia.
13. Invented the Gas Lamp
The gas lamp invented by two Lviv-based pharmacists — Jan Zeh and Ignacy Łukasiewicz in 1853 is one of these groundbreaking inventions. Invented by a local pharmacist in a store called At the Golden Star, today the achievement is remembered by a cafe called Gasova L’ampa found in the same building.
14. The ‘Breadbasket Of Europe’
The vast tracts of arable land in Ukraine with fertile black soil made it an ideal place for growing wheat and other food crops. As such, it was nicknamed the “Breadbasket of Europe”. Today, Ukraine continues to be one of the largest producers of wheat in the world.
15. Heaviest Aircraft Ever
The An-225 is the heaviest aircraft ever built, with a maximum takeoff weight of 710 tons. It holds the record for total airlifted payload at 559,580 pounds, as well as airlifted single-item payload at 418,830 pounds. The Antonov An-225 Mriya was built in Kiev, Ukraine while it was still a part of the Soviet Union. It also has the largest wingspan of any functional aircraft.
As an oversized aircraft, the Antonov An-225 Mriya held multiple records which included; heaviest aircraft ever built, and largest wingspan of any aircraft in operational service. The An-225 attracted a high degree of public interest, so much that it has managed to attain a global following due to its size and its uniqueness. People frequently visited airports to see its scheduled arrivals and departures.