Much of the world has focused its attention on Kiev, the capital of Ukraine, and the center of a series of deadly clashes between police and protesters.
For most Americans, Kiev is a name more associated with a chicken dish than with one of the largest cities in Europe.
- Kiev has a population of 2.7 million, slightly greater than that of Chicago.
- The city has an area of 324 square miles, about the size of San Diego.
- In Ukrainian it’s spelled Kyiv.
Much of the fighting has taken place in Kiev’s central Independence Square, also known as Maidan.
- The square, where protesters first made camp in December, was first built in the 19th century.
- There are approximately 20,000 protesters in the square.
- At least 59 people have died and hundreds have been injured in the square this week.
- The square is approximately 390,000 square feet, or about the size of seven football fields.
- Much of the square was destroyed during World War II, rebuilt under the Communists and rechristened Independence Square in 1991.
- Protesters are prying up bricks from the historic square to use as missiles in clashes with police.
Kiev is the capital of Ukraine.
- Ukraine has a population of 45.5 million, about size of California and Massachusetts combined.
- The country is 233,000 sq. miles, making it roughly the size of Texas.