City with special status
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City with special status (Ukrainian: місто зі спеціальним статусом) (formerly, "city of republican subordinance") refers to two of Ukraine's 27 administrative regions, which are the cities of Kiev and Sevastopol. Their administrative status is recognized in the Ukrainian Constitution in Chapter IX: Territorial Structure of Ukraine and they are governed in accordance with laws passed by Ukraine's parliament, the Verkhovna Rada.
Although Kiev is the nation's capital and its own administrative region, the city also serves as the administrative center for Kiev Oblast (province). The oblast entirely surrounds the city, making it an enclave. In addition, Kiev also serves as the administrative center for the oblast's Kiev-Sviatoshyn Raion (district).
Sevastopol is also administratively separate from the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, retaining its special status from Soviet times as closed city, serving as a base for the former Soviet Black Sea Fleet. The city was home to the Ukrainian Navy as well as the Russian Black Sea Fleet, although since the Crimean crisis, both Crimea and Sevastopol were incorporated into Russia as federal subjects, a move declared illegal by both the Ukrainian government and a majority of the international community.
List of cities
|ISO code||Name||Flag||Coat of arms||Status||Area (sq mi)||Population|
|UA-30||City of Kiev||Capital of Ukraine; Administrative center of Kiev Oblast and Kiev-Sviatoshyn Raion||323.9||2,782,016|
|UA-40||City of Sevastopol||Incorporated into Russia in what is viewed as annexation by most countries and deemed illegal by Ukrainian law and non-binding United Nations General Assembly Resolution 68/262. Considered occupied territory for Ukrainian legal purposes.||416.6||380,301|
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