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Brest Region
BREST REGION or BREST OBLAST or BREST VOBLAST (Belarusian : Брэ́сцкая во́бласць; Bresckaja vobłasć; Russian : Бре́стская о́бласть; Brestskaya Oblast; Polish : Obwód brzeski) is one of the regions of Belarus
Belarus
. Its administrative center is Brest . Important cities within the region include: Baranovichi
Baranovichi
, Brest , and Pinsk
Pinsk

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Nowogródek Voivodeship (1919–39)
Coat of arms Nowogródek Voivodeship
Voivodeship
(red) on the map of Second Polish Republic CAPITAL Nowogródek GOVERNMENT Voivodeship
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Belarusians
BELARUSIANS (Belarusian : беларусы, biełarusy, or BYELORUSSIANS (from the Byelorussian SSR ), are an East Slavic ethnic group who are native to modern-day Belarus
Belarus
and the immediate region. There are over 9.5 million people who proclaim Belarusian ethnicity worldwide, with the overwhelming majority residing either in Belarus or the adjacent countries where they are an autochthonous minority. CONTENTS * 1 Location * 2 Languages * 3 History * 4 Cuisine * 5 See also * 6 References * 6.1 Bibliography * 7 External links LOCATION See also: Belarusian diaspora Ethnic territory of Belarusians According to Y. Karskiy (1903) According to M. Dovnar-Zapol\'skiy (1919) Modern state boundaries Belarusians
Belarusians
are an East Slavic ethnic group who populate the majority of the Belarus
Belarus

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Byelorussian Soviet Socialist Republic
Coordinates : 54°00′00″N 29°00′00″E / 54.0000°N 29.0000°E / 54.0000; 29.0000 This article NEEDS ADDITIONAL CITATIONS FOR VERIFICATION . Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources . Unsourced material may be challenged and removed
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Belarusian Language
BELARUSIAN (/bɛləˈruːsiən/ ; беларуская мова belaruskaya mova ) is an official language of Belarus , along with Russian, and is spoken abroad, mainly in Russia , Ukraine , and small parts in far-eastern Poland . Before Belarus gained independence from the Soviet Union in 1991, the language was known in English as Byelorussian or Belorussian, transliterating the Russian name, белорусский язык, or alternatively as White Ruthenian (/ruːˈθiːniən/ ) or White Russian (with the meaning Rus' but not Russia). Following independence, it also became known as Belarusian. Belarusian is one of the East Slavic languages and shares many grammatical and lexical features with other members of the group. To some extent, Russian , Ukrainian , and Belarusian are mutually intelligible
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Polesia
POLESIA, POLESIE or POLESYE (Belarusian : Пале́ссе Paliessie, Ukrainian : Полі́сся Polissia or Polisia, Polish : Polesie , Russian : Поле́сье Poles'e ) is a natural and historical region starting from the farthest edges of Central Europe
Central Europe
and into Eastern Europe
Eastern Europe
, stretching from parts of Eastern Poland
Poland
, straddling the Belarus
Belarus
- Ukraine
Ukraine
border and into western Russia
Russia
. CONTENTS * 1 Extent * 2 Name * 3 History * 4 Geography
Geography
* 5 Tourism * 6 See also * 7 Further reading * 8 References * 9 External links EXTENTOne of the largest forest areas on the continent, Polesia
Polesia
is located in the south-western part of the Eastern-European Lowland , the Polesian Lowland
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Second Polish Republic
The SECOND POLISH REPUBLIC, commonly known as interwar Poland, refers to the country of Poland
Poland
between the First and Second World Wars (1918–1939). Officially known as the REPUBLIC OF POLAND (Polish : Rzeczpospolita
Rzeczpospolita
Polska), the Polish state was recreated in 1918 , in the aftermath of World War I
World War I
. When, after several regional conflicts, the borders of the state were fixed in 1922, Poland's neighbours were Czechoslovakia
Czechoslovakia
, Germany , the Free City of Danzig
Free City of Danzig
, Lithuania
Lithuania
, Latvia
Latvia
, Romania and the Soviet Union
Soviet Union

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Russians
RUSSIANS (Russian : русские, russkiye) are an East Slavic ethnic group native to Eastern Europe
Eastern Europe
. The majority of Russians inhabit the nation state of Russia
Russia
, while notable minorities exist in other former Soviet states such as Belarus
Belarus
, Kazakhstan
Kazakhstan
, Ukraine
Ukraine
and the Baltic states . A large Russian diaspora also exists all over the world, with notable numbers in the United States, Germany, Israel, and Canada. Russians
Russians
are the most numerous ethnic group in Europe
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Ukrainians
UKRAINIANS (Ukrainian : українці, ukrayintsi, ) are an East Slavic ethnic group native to Ukraine
Ukraine
, which is by total population the sixth-largest nation in Europe
Europe
. The Constitution of Ukraine applies the term 'Ukrainians' to all its citizens. Also among historical names of the people of Ukraine, Rusyns (Ruthenians), Cossacks
Cossacks
, etc. can be found. According to most dictionary definitions, a descriptive name for the "inhabitants of Ukraine" is Ukrainian or Ukrainian people. Rusyns are another related group found in western Ukraine, which are frequently referred to as being an ethnic subgroup of Ukrainians. The Rusyns are also further divided into subgroups of tribes consisiting of the Hutsuls
Hutsuls
, Boykos
Boykos
, and Lemkos
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Raion
A RAION (also RAYON) is a type of administrative unit of several post-Soviet states (such as part of an oblast ). The term is from the French "rayon" (meaning "honeycomb, department"), which is both a type of a subnational entity and a division of a city , and is commonly translated in English as "district ". The term "raion" also can be used simply as a kind of administrative division without anything to do with ethnicity or nationality. A raion is a standardized administrative entity across most of the former Soviet Union
Soviet Union
and is usually a subdivision two steps below the national level. However, in smaller USSR republics, it could be the primary level of administrative division (Administrative divisions of Armenia , Administrative divisions of Azerbaijan ). After the fall of the Soviet Union
Soviet Union
, some of the republics dropped raion from their use ( Armenia
Armenia
)
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Selsoviet
SELSOVIET (Russian : сельсовет, tr. selsovet; IPA: ; Ukrainian : сільрада, SILRADA) is a shortened name for a RURAL COUNCIL and for the area governed by such a council (Soviet ). The full names for the term are, in Belarusian : се́льскi Саве́т, Russian : се́льский Сове́т, Ukrainian : сільська́ ра́да. Selsoviets were the lowest level of administrative division in rural areas in the Soviet Union
Soviet Union
. After the dissolution of the Soviet Union, they were preserved as a third tier of administrative-territorial division throughout Ukraine
Ukraine
, Belarus
Belarus
, and some of the federal subjects of Russia . A selsoviet is a rural administrative division of a district that includes one or several smaller rural localities and is in a subordination to its respective raion administration
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Districts
A DISTRICT is a type of administrative division that, in some countries, is managed by local government . Across the world, areas known as "districts" vary greatly in size, spanning entire regions or counties , several municipalities , subdivisions of municipalities, school district , or political district
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Byelorussian SSR
Coordinates : 54°00′00″N 29°00′00″E / 54.0000°N 29.0000°E / 54.0000; 29.0000 This article NEEDS ADDITIONAL CITATIONS FOR VERIFICATION . Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources . Unsourced material may be challenged and removed
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Poles
1,000,000 OTHER COUNTRIES UNITED KINGDOM 630,000 ARGENTINA 500,000 BELARUS 295,000 RUSSIA 273,000 AUSTRALIA 216,056 LITHUANIA 212,800 UKRAINE 144,130 IRELAND 122,585 NORWAY 120,000 ITALY 109,018 SWEDEN 75,323 BELGIUM 70,600 SPAIN 70,606 AUSTRIA 69,898 NETHERLANDS 60,000 LATVIA 44,783 DENMARK 37,876 KAZAKHSTAN 34,057 SOUTH AFRICA 30,000 CZECH REPUBLIC 20,305 PARAGUAY 16,748 UNITED ARAB EMIRATES 14,500 GREECE 14,145 ICELAND 10,540 VENEZUELA 9,000 PERU 7,000 HUNGARY 5,730 MOLDOVA 4,174 ROMANIA 3,671 SLOVAKIA 3,084 FINLAND 3,000 NEW ZEALAND 2,166 ESTONIA 1,747 LANGUAGE
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Ukraine
42,418,235 (32nd ) • 2001 CENSUS 48,457,102 • DENSITY 73.8/km2 (191.1/sq mi) (115th ) GDP (PPP ) 2017 estimate • TOTAL $366 billion (50th ) • PER CAPITA $9,125 (114th ) GDP (NOMINAL) 2017 estimate • TOTAL $103 billion (62nd ) • PER CAPITA $2,599 (132nd ) GINI (2015) 25.5 low · 18th HDI (2015) 0.743 high · 84th CURRENCY Ukrainian hryvnia (UAH ) TIME ZONE EET (UTC +2 ) • SUMMER (DST ) EEST (UTC +3) DRIVES ON THE right CALLING CODE +380 ISO 3166 CODE UA INTERNET TLD * .ua * .укр * An independence referendum was held on 1 December, after which Ukrainian independence was finalized on 26 December. THIS ARTICLE CONTAINS CYRILLIC TEXT
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Polesie Voivodeship
Coat of arms Location of Polesie Voivodeship
Voivodeship
within the Second Polish Republic . CAPITAL Pińsk
Pińsk
(until A
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