Ukrainian historical regions

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Traditional regions

A list of the various regions of Ukraine and/or inhabited by Ukrainians and their ancestors throughout history.

Main historical regions[]

Coat of arms Name Location Description
Coat of arms of Carpathian Trans–
Carpathian region beyond the main Carpathian ridge (west of the ridge)
Coat of arms of Halychyna Halychyna Other names Galicia, Cis–Carpathian (east of the ridge)
Coat of arms of Volhynia Volhynia Other names Volyn
Coat of arms of Podillia Podolia Podolia means lower land
Coat of arms of land of Kyiv Kyiv land Other names Duchy of Ruthenia, Ruthenian proper
Coat of arms of land of Chernihiv Chernihiv land
Coat of arms of Sloboda Ukraine Sloboda Ukraine
Coat of arms of Zaporizhian Sich Zaporizhian Sich
Donbass Other names land of Cumans
Black Sea Littoral Other names Yedisan, Ochakov Oblast
Tavria Other names Taurida
Coat of arms of Bucovina Bucovina Other names Shypyntsi land

Traditional regions[]

The traditional names of the regions of Ukraine are important geographic, historical, and ethnographic identifiers.

Regions historically inhabited by Ukrainians (mostly with other nations), which are partly or wholly outside modern Ukraine:

Regions of Ukraine[]

Sometimes more Oblasts can be referred to as "Eastern Ukraine":
  Orange - West Ukraine
  Yellow - Central Ukraine
  Blue - East Ukraine

Geopolitical, historical, and cultural factors play a role in assigning different areas of Ukraine to semi-official regions. The map on the right shows the approximate locations of some broad-brush regions. The terms "West Ukraine", "East Ukraine", "South Ukraine" and "Central Ukraine" occur in common usage. There is no clear definition of the boundaries of such regions, but rather a general reference. Lists of what may constitute such regions might include:

Other terms are rarely used - such as "South-West Ukraine", which can denote either Transcarpathia, or Budjak. Sometimes the term "South-Eastern Ukraine" is used to define both regions of the Southern and Eastern Ukraine. Due to the shape of the country, in narrow definition, term "Northern Ukraine" is often used to denote either the bulge of Chernihiv/Sumy Oblasts or, in broader terms, the whole of Polesia. "North-western Ukraine" almost exclusively refers to the historic region of Volhynia. This makes the term "North-Eastern Ukraine" rarest of them all - it is either used as synonym for the narrow definition of Northern Ukraine, or as synonym for Sloboda Ukraine (particularly the Sumy Oblast).

Historical Ukrainian states[]

See also[]