Ukraine is the motherland of Russian Orthodoxy. It is the largest and the most vibrant country in Europe, situated on the border of the European and Eastern parts of the continent. It is the land of the Cossacks – brave and skillful horseback warriors who ruled these lands from their capital, Zaporyzhyan Sich. Ukraine boasts a multitude of cultures and traditions that manifest themselves in customs, ethnicities and architecture from different parts of the world. It greets its guests with numerous picturesque views from rolling green hills and emerald Carpathian Mountains in the West to dry steppes in the East, and from wooded valleys in the North to the tranquil lakes and golden beaches of the Crimean Peninsula in the South.