Ukraine is the biggest country in Europe. The country with rich and diverse culture, the birthplace of numerous talented artists and public figures known all around the world.
uring the maximum extent of the last Ice Age, most of Ukraine found itself south of the ice sheet and was inhabited by people who are not well researched as yet.
From around 6,000 BC to 3,500 BC the Cucuteni-Trypillian culture flourished in what would later become the southwestern half of Ukraine, all of Moldova and northeastern Romania. This culture appears to have been highly advanced for its time, agricultural, matriarchical and peaceful. It was one of the ancient pre-Indo-European Neolithic cultures of Europe.
In a process that is not yet well understood, their culture eventually or possibly violently, gave way to the influx of the nomadic, pastoral, patriarchical Indo-Europeans or Kurgans, but it is generally agreed, that the Trypillians were not displaced, but assimilated into the new culture that formed.
Some time after 1,300 BC the Indo-European Cimmerians (a/k/a Kimmerians) arrived, then were displaced from the Pontic Steppes by the westward-moving Scythians, also Indo-Europeans, starting after around 800 BC (the Cimmerians eventually wound up in modern-day Turkey).
The Scythians ruled in Ukraine from around 800 BC to around 300 AD. They were an Eastern Iranian people. They are most famous for first domesticating the horse and then developing the art of mounted warfare.
Two further Scythian innovations that arose from this were pants — leather in their case — useful to prevent chafing of the legs when riding for extended periods of time, and the Scythian composite bow, which was composed of multiple layers for power, as well as, having curved-back ends, which gave it even more power, and allowed it to be relatively small, so that it could be used to shoot in rapid succession from horseback (it appears in Greek mythology as Cupid’s bow).
Ukrainians are known to be amongst the world’s most beautiful people
and thus it’s no surprise that some of the most gorgeous ladies in the international show biz like Mila Kunis, Milla Jovovich, and Olga Kurylenko have Ukrainian roots.
But it’s not just beauty that makes Ukrainians unique—the nation is also the motherland of several prominent figures in science, technology, literature, performance arts, politics, astronomy, music, and mathematics.
Ukraine is the land of multi-faceted and versatile people! Take for example, Nikolai Ivanovich Kibalchich, a Russian revolutionary of Ukrainian origin who was also a pioneering rocket scientist. Another such multi-talented personality was Stepan Tymoshenko known as the father of modern Ukrainian engineering mechanics. Ukrainians are also famous for their contribution to the world of mathematics, music, and literature. In the recent years, people of Ukrainian origin have stormed yet another field with their unique combination of beauty and brains—the entertainment industry.
Pop musicians and dancing stars like Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Roma Pryma-Bohachevsky, and Vasyl Verkhovynets are making the world sing and dance to their tunes! Indeed, hasn’t Ukraine produced some of the most amazing international personalities? This section provides you information about the life and works of famous Ukrainians.
Ukrainians fight back against Russians on Kyiv outskirts
Is Dustin Hoffman Ukrainian?
Dustin Lee Hoffman is an American actor and filmmaker. He is known for his versatile portrayals of antiheroes and emotionally vulnerable characters.
Hoffman was named after stage and silent screen actor Dustin Farnum.
His elder brother, Ronald, is a lawyer and economist. Hoffman is Jewish, from an Ashkenazi Jewish family of immigrants from Kyiv, Russian Empire (now Ukraine), and Iași, Romania. The family’s surname was spelled Гойхман (Goikhman) in the Russian Empire.
Is Leonardo DiCaprio from Ukraine?
Leonardo Wilhelm DiCaprio is an American actor and film producer. Known for his work in biopics and period films, DiCaprio is the recipient of numerous accolades, including an Academy Award, a British Academy Film Award, and three Golden Globe Awards.
Leonardo grandmother’s parents from Odessa, Ukraine
Famous Ukrainians and stars in Hollywood
- Queen of Hollywood Natalie Wood (Natalia Zakharenko)
- Steven Spielberg
- Hollywood actor Leonardo DiCaprio
- Hollywood actor Dustin Hoffman
- Movie star Milla Jovovich
- Actress Winona Ryder
- Hollywood actor Kirk Douglas and Michael Douglas
- Famous American actor Jack Pelens
- Actor and director Robert Hossein
- Hollywood actor Sylvester Stallone
- Hollywood actor Johnny Depp
- Actress Whoopi Goldberg
- The founder of psychoanalysis Sigmund Freud
What actress was born in the Ukraine?
- Mila Kunis
- Milla Jovovich
- Olga Kurylenko
- Halyna Hutchins
- Ivanna Sakhno
- Ross Martin
- Vera Graziadei
- Otto Preminger
- Sergei Polunin
- Vladimir Zelenskiy
- Lee Strasberg
- Natalie Burn
- Mike Mazurki
- Mark Ivanir
- Andrzej Zulawski
- Alec Utgoff
- Alex Veadov
- Oleg Zagorodnii
- Paul Muni
- Ilia Volok
- Natasha Yarovenko
- Berta Vázquez
- Oksana Baiul
- Natasha Blasick
- David Vadim
- Yakov Smirnoff
- Alla Korot
- Karina Smirnoff
- Marina Maximilian Blumin
- Ana Layevska
“The women there are beautiful – tall and lean.” Ukrainian women are often stereotyped as statuesque blonds like Tymoshenko, but Oksana Romanova said their beauty is more than just physical. They are also known for their warm hospitality, she said.
Ukrainian and Swedish women named as the world’s most beautiful. Despite European Championship elimination, a new list of cities with the most beautiful women in the world reveals men in Russia and Ukraine still have plenty to cheer about.
Ukrainian, previously also called Ruthenian, is an East Slavic language of the Indo-European language family, and is one of the Slavic languages, which are part of a larger Balto-Slavic branch. It is the native language of Ukrainians and the official state language of Ukraine.
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