Names: conventional short form Ukraine
local short form Ukrayina
Independence: 1 December 1991 (from Soviet
National holiday: Independence Day, 24
Constitution: . Adopted at the Fifth Session
of the Supreme Rada of Ukraine 28 June 1996.
Executive branch: chief of state President-elect
Leonid D. KUCHMA;
Flag: two equal horizontal bands of azure
(top) and golden yellow represent grainfields under a blue sky.
Ukrainian political system: The
Ukrainian Political system has a popularly-elected President, a
450-person single chamber national parliament (Verkhovna Rada),
and a Prime Minister, nominated by the President subject to approval
by the Rada. The new post-Soviet Constitution was adopted by Verkhovna
Rada on June 28, 1996.