Ukrainian historical regions

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A list of the various regions of Ukraine and/or inhabited by Ukrainians and their ancestors throughout history.

Traditional regions[edit]

The traditional names of the regions of Ukraine are important geographic, historical, and ethnographic identifiers.

  • Herb Viyska Zaporozkoho.svg Over-Dnieper Ukraine, Great Ukraine
    • Alex K Kyiv Michael 2.svg Land of Kiev
      • Right-bank Ukraine (east of Zhytomyr Oblast, Kiev Oblast, Cherkasy Oblast), Central Ukraine
      • Polesia, Land of Turov (north of Kiev Oblast, east of Brest Oblast, west of Gomel Oblast), Northern Ukraine
    • Land of Pereyaslav (predominantly Poltava Oblast and east of Kiev Oblast), southern part of Left-bank Ukraine, Little Russia, Central Ukraine
    • COA of Chernihiv Principality.svg Land of Chernihiv (predominantly Chernihiv Oblast, west of Bryansk Oblast, east of Gomel Oblast), northern part of Left-bank Ukraine, Little Russia, Northern Ukraine
    • Severia (Sumy Oblast, Kharkiv Oblast, Kursk Oblast, Belgorod Oblast)
    • Sloboda Ukraine (mostly Kharkiv Oblast)
  • Alex K Halych-Volhynia.svg Ruthenia, Kingdom of Rus, Western Ukraine, Western Oblast, Liitle Poland
    • Alex Volhynia.svg Volhynia (Volyn Oblast, Rivne Oblast, west of Zhytomyr Oblast, north of Ternopil Oblast, north of Khmelnytsky Oblast), former principality
    • Chełm, Belz, San River, Przemyśl (east of Podkarpackie Voivodeship and Lublin Voivodeship), former principality and a constituent land of Ruthenia
    • Berestia (west of Brest Oblast, south of Podlaskie Voivodeship)
    • Alex K Halych.svg Galicia (Lviv Oblast, Ivano-Frankivsk Oblast, Ternopil Oblast)
  • Alex K Podolia.svg Podolia (Khmelnytsky Oblast, Vinnytsia Oblast, north of Odessa Oblast, west of Kirovohrad Oblast), Little Poland
  • Herb Viyska Zaporozkogo Nyzovoho (Alex K).svg Zaporizhzhia (Dnipropetrovsk Oblast, east of Kirovohrad Oblast), New Serbia, Central Ukraine
  • Pontic steppe, Wild Fields, New Russia
    • Donbass ("Donets Basin") (Donetsk Oblast, Luhanks Oblast), also known as Cuman Land, Slavo-Serbia, Eastern Ukraine
    • Azov Littoral (Zaporizhia Oblast, south of Donetsk Oblast, southwest of Rostov Oblast)
    • Black Sea Littoral, Southern Ukraine
      • Over-Buh, Yedisan, Transnistria (Odessa Oblast, Mykolaiv Oblast)
      • Bugeac (Budzhak) (southwest of Odessa Oblast)
      • Tavria (Kherson Oblast)
  • Crimea (Krym), also known as Tavria, Taurida
  • Karpatska Ukraina-2 COA.svg Transcarpathia / Carpathian Ruthenia, Subcarpathian Rus, Carpatho-Ukraine and many others
  • Northern Bukovina (Chernivtsi Oblast)

Regions historically inhabited by Ukrainians (mostly with other nations), which are partly or wholly outside modern Ukraine:

Regions of Ukraine[edit]

Sometimes more Oblasts can be referred to as "Eastern Ukraine":
  Orange - West Ukraine
  Yellow - Central Ukraine
  Blue - East Ukraine

Geopolitical, historical, and cultural factors play a role in assigning different areas of Ukraine to semi-official regions. The map on the right shows the approximate locations of some broad-brush regions. The terms "West Ukraine", "East Ukraine", "South Ukraine" and "Central Ukraine" occur in common usage. There is no clear definition of the boundaries of such regions, but rather a general reference. Lists of what may constitute such regions might include:

  • Western Ukraine may mean either the historic region of Galicia, or may also include Volhynia, Podolia, Transcarpathia, and/or Bukovina.
  • Eastern Ukraine may mean either the Don basin, Sloboda Ukraine, continental Taurida regions etc.
  • South Ukraine often includes the whole Taurida, the Kryvyi Rih basin, and the regions of Mykolayiv and Odessa oblasts. Alternatively it may include the Don basin, in particularly the adjacent land to the Azov Sea.
  • Central Ukraine, a more vague term, often denotes what is not included in Western or South-Eastern definitions.

Other terms are rarely used - such as "South-West Ukraine", which can denote either Transcarpathia, or Budjak. Sometimes the term "South-Eastern Ukraine" is used to define both regions of the Southern and Eastern Ukraine. Due to the shape of the country, in narrow definition, term "Northern Ukraine" is often used to denote either the bulge of Chernihiv/Sumy Oblasts or, in broader terms, the whole of Polesia. "North-western Ukraine" almost exclusively refers to the historic region of Volhynia. This makes the term "North-Eastern Ukraine" rarest of them all - it is either used as synonym for the narrow definition of Northern Ukraine, or as synonym for Sloboda Ukraine (particularly the Sumy Oblast).

Historical Ukrainian states[edit]

See also[edit]


  • Paul Robert Magosci, Ukraine: A Historical Atlas, 1985. University of Toronto Press, Toronto. ISBN 0-8020-3428-4