On August 21, the Ukrainian newspaper Vesti published an article entitled “24 Reason to Be Proud of Ukraine,” recording Ukraine’s achievements and successes. The piece claimed that Ukraine is the largest country in Europe with all of its territory fully in Europe: “The area of our country is 576,604 square kilometers. The next is France with 547,030 square kilometers.”

But the area of Ukraine is actually 603,700 square kilometers, including Crimea and Sevastopol, which are now occupied by Russia. Not including them, the area is 576 604 square kilometers.

Vesti's first page
Vesti’s first page

On August 20, the Britain’s The Economist said that the area of Ukraine is 579 320 square kilometers. But in this case, they might mean the land area of Ukraine without the area covered by water.