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Ukrainian Culture The best way to begin to understand Ukrainian culture is to review early Ukrainian history This will give us a good step from which to look at traditional Ukrainian culture Unlike the Russian people who descended from northern tribes descending from Scandinavia and the far north Ukrainian history was influenced by southern civilizations such as Scythians and Greeks Invasions by the Huns and the Khazars between the 3rd and 9th centuries mixed Ukrainian bloodlines with those from all over Asia During the 10th century Kievan Rus was established and the golden age of Ukrainian kings was born During this period many important events took place notably King Volodymyr the Great introduced Christianity to the Ukrainian State The region fell to the Mongols Golden Horde in the 13th century and was eventually ruled by Poland and Lithuania This was known as the Age of the Kozaks Ukrainian horseman that formed one of the largest armies of the time to fight against the invading armies of more powerful nations These Kozaks were active in their fight for independence well into the Russian occupation before eventually coming under the control of Russia in the late 18th century In 1918 Ukraine declared its independence only to be reclaimed in 1922 by Communists during the Bolshevik Revolution Ravaged by war and Nazi occupation during WWII Ukraine remained under Soviet rule until declaring its freedom in 1991 Ukrainian culture has been defined in many creative styles Literature is arguably the most prominent expression of Ukrainian culture Ukrainian literature had been developing since the early 11th century when people of the early Kievan Rus drafted some of Ukraines first works in early Church Slavonic such as the Hypathian Chronicles The first historical epic of Ukraine Slovo o polku Ihorevi was written during this period The major authors
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