kiev, 45M, 233,090 sq. Mi. Largest in Europe in area. 2. Climate: cold winters, hot summers. 3. Physical regions: mountains on the west but the majority is flat plains. 4. Agr: good soil. A. Sugar beets -grain. B. Meat- dairy. 5. Resources: cole, iron ore, mercury, salt. 6. Core areas: a. Donets basin-coal. B. Kerch- iron ore. C. Kiev- factories, political, educational center. 7. The future is uncertain. 8. Problems: no oil or gas, trouble with Russians living in the peninsula, crime, Chornobyl.