Ukraine is the largest country entirely within Europe. Ukraine borders Russia to the East and Northeast, Belarus to the Northwest, Poland, Slovakia and Hungary to the West, Romania and Moldova to the Southwest, and the Black Sea and Sea of Azov to the South and Southeast, respectively. The capital of Ukraine is Kyiv.

Ukraine is a unitary state composed of 24 oblasts (provinces) and a city with special status, and a semi-presidential republic. The country is part of the United Nations, OSCE since 1992 and the Council of Europe since 1995. It also has close ties with NATO and envisages European integration.

In spite of being considered “Partly Free” in the 2016 Freedom in the World Index, elaborated by Freedom House. Following the events of 2014 – which culminated with a severe geo-political  crisis – and according to the USAID 2015 CSOs Sustainability Index, the Ukrainian civil society played a leading role in developing institutional capacities and strategic planning, advocating vocally  for human righs, justice and anticorruption and representing a real support for the official authorities to implement multiple reforms.


The following CSOs from Ukraine participated at the Black Sea NGO Forum:

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