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[–] Commie_Meta 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

Ukraine means something like a specific border-land. In Russian it is one word, because Russian does not use articles like "the" and "an". The idiomatic translation to English uses "the", to distinguish it from the general concept of border lands. This is similar to "the Netherlands" or "the Potomac". Dropping "the" from the Ukraine is just a political affectation. It is like saying that Tokyo lie the capital city of Nippon.

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[–] Camulos 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Ukraine means something like a specific border-land

Once upon a time yes, but no longer. It is the name of a fully independent Country now and is no long simply considered a region.