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Kiev is the capital and the largest city of Ukraine, located in the north central part of the country on the Dnieper river. As of April, 2007 Kiev had about 2.7 million inhabitants by official estimates while some much higher unofficial estimates are often published.

Kiev is an important industrial, scientific, educational and cultural center of Eastern Europe. It is home to many high-tech industries, higher education institutions and world-famous historical landmarks. The city has an extensive infrastructure and highly developed system of public transport, including the Kiev Metro.

The name Kiev is said to derive from the name of Kyi, one of four legendary founders of the city (brothers Kyi, Shchek, Khoryv and sister Lybid'). During its history, Kiev, one of the oldest cities in Eastern Europe, passed through several stages of great prominence and relative obscurity. The city is believed to have been founded in the 5th century as a trading post in the land of Early East Slavs. It gradually acquired eminence as the center of the East Slavic civilization, becoming in the tenth to twelfth centuries a political and cultural capital of Rus', a medieval East Slavic state. Completely destroyed during the Mongol invasion in 1240, the city lost most of its influence for the centuries to come. It was a provincial capital of marginal importance in the outskirts of the territories controlled by its powerful neighbors: first the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, followed by the Poland and Russia. The city prospered again during the Russian industrial revolution in the late 19th century. After the turbulent period following the Russian Revolution of 1917, from 1921 onwards Kiev was an important city of the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic, and, since 1934, its capital. During World War II, the city again suffered significant damage, but quickly recovered in the post-war years remaining the third largest city of USSR. Following the collapse of the Soviet Union and the Ukrainian independence of 1991, Kiev remained the capital of Ukraine.

Source: Kiev by Wikipedia
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Alternative inexpensive accommodation in nice, furnished and comfortable apartments in the center of Kiev and in safe areas for any length of stay. It can make one feel the city life better and provide greater independence, intimacy, safety, and comfort. You can invite any guests, and nobody will disturb you. Besides, it's cheaper than staying in a hotel.
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Accommodation in luxurious serviced apartments throughout Kiev and the Ukraine. In our apartments you will find everything to make your stay one of the most pleasant experiences ever - the comfort of home, hospitality of our staff and the impeccable quality of the service with which you will find yourself surrounded.
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