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Ukrainians are known to be amongst the world’s most beautiful people and thus it’s no surprise that some of the most gorgeous ladies in the international show biz like Mila Kunis, Milla Jovovich, and Olga Kurylenko have Ukrainian roots. But it’s not just beauty that makes Ukrainians unique—the nation is also the motherland of several prominent figures in science, technology, literature, performance arts, politics, astronomy, music, and mathematics. Ukraine is the land of multi-faceted and versatile people! Take for example, Nikolai Ivanovich Kibalchich, a Russian revolutionary of Ukrainian origin who was also a pioneering rocket scientist. Another such multi-talented personality was Stepan Tymoshenko known as the father of modern Ukrainian engineering mechanics. Ukrainians are also famous for their contribution to the world of mathematics, music, and literature. In the recent years, people of Ukrainian origin have stormed yet another field with their unique combination of beauty and brains—the entertainment industry. Pop musicians and dancing stars like Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Roma Pryma-Bohachevsky, and Vasyl Verkhovynets are making the world sing and dance to their tunes! Indeed, hasn’t Ukraine produced some of the most amazing international personalities? This section provides you information about the life and works of famous Ukrainians.
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Wladimir Klitschko
(Ukrainian Former Professional Boxer and One of the Best Heavyweight Champions of All Time)
Wladimir Klitschko
61
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 25, 1976
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Semey, Kazakhstan

Wladimir Klitschko is a Ukrainian former boxer. Widely regarded as one of the best heavyweight champions ever, Wladimir Klitschko was renowned for his great footwork and extraordinary knockout power. He won a gold medal for his country in the super-heavyweight division at the 1996 Summer Olympics. He has often been named among Ukraine's most influential people.

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Mila Kunis
(Actress Known for Her TV Series 'That '70s Show' and Voicing Meg Griffin in the Series 'Family Guy')
Mila Kunis
89
Birthdate: August 14, 1983
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Chernivtsi, Ukraine
Popular American actress Mila Kunis garnered huge fame when she played Jackie in American sit-com, That ‘70s Show and later did a voiceover for the cartoon series Family Guy. Post that, the charming actress proved her versatility by working in films of different genres—romantic comedy, psychological thriller, action and fantasy—including Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Black Swan.
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Sergei Prokofiev
(Composer and pianist)
Sergei Prokofiev
32
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: April 23, 1891
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Krasne, Ukraine
Died: March 5, 1953

Sergei Prokofiev was a Russian Soviet pianist, composer, and conductor. Renowned for creating masterpieces across various genres, Prokofiev is widely considered one of the 20th century's major composers. Many other composers like Arthur Honegger have called Prokofiev the greatest contemporary musician of all time. An open pianists' competition, which is held every year in Ukraine, is named after Sergei Prokofiev.

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Milla Jovovich
(Actress & Supermodel Best Known for Her Role of 'Alice' in the 'Resident Evil' Film Series)
Milla Jovovich
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Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: December 17, 1975
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Kyiv, Ukraine

The quintessential action heroine of Hollywood, Milla Jovovich was rightly called the reigning queen of kick-butt by VH1 in 2006. Milla Jovovich is synonymous with the Resident Evil film series as the series revolves around its central character Alice, played by Milla. The Resident Evil film franchise is the highest-grossing movie series to be adapted from video games.

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Vasyl Lomachenko
(One of the Most Successful Amateur Boxers of All Time)
Vasyl Lomachenko
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 17, 1988
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Bilhorod-Dnistrovs'kyi, Ukraine

Vasyl Lomachenko is a Ukrainian professional boxer. He is widely regarded as the most popular Ukrainian boxer and one of the most successful amateur boxers ever with an impressive record of 396 wins and 1 loss. Known for his exceptional accuracy, creativity, hand speed, athleticism, footwork, and defense, Lomachenko won Olympic gold medals in 2008 and 2012.

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Volodymyr Zelenskiy
(6th President of Ukraine (Since 2019))
Volodymyr Zelenskiy
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: January 25, 1978
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Kryvyi Rih, Ukraine
Volodymyr Zelensky is the incumbent president of Ukraine. A qualified lawyer, he initially owned a production company. He also played the Ukrainian president in the series Servant of the People and was a comedian, screenwriter, director, and producer. His secret phone call with Donald Trump led to Trump’s first impeachment.
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Vitali Klitschko
(Ukrainian Politician and Former Boxer)
Vitali Klitschko
28
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 19, 1971
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Belovodskoe, Kyrgyzstan

Retired Ukrainian boxer Vitali Klitschko, who is now a politician and the current mayor of Kyiv, is also known for his 6’7” frame. He was once the World Boxing Council world heavyweight title winner and earned the nickname Dr. Ironfist. He also holds a PhD from the physical science department of Kyiv University.

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Oleksandr Usyk
(Ukrainian Boxer, Olympic Gold Medalist, and European and World Champion)
Oleksandr Usyk
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 17, 1987
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Simferopol, Ukraine

Ukrainian boxer Oleksandr Usyk is not just a European and World Champion but also an Olympic gold medalist. Considered one of Ukraine’s best boxers in history, he is also the fourth male boxer to hold the WBC, WBA, IBF, and WBO titles at the same time.

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Andriy Shevchenko
(Ukrainian Football Manager and Former Professional Football Player)
Andriy Shevchenko
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: September 29, 1976
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Dvirkivshchyna, Ukraine

Andriy Shevchenko is a former professional footballer who played for the Ukraine national team. One of the greatest Ukrainian football players of all time, Shevchenko scored 48 goals for his national team, making him the all-time top-scorer for Ukraine. He is also only the third Ukrainian to receive the prestigious Ballon d'Or. He is currently serving as Ukraine's head coach.

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Oksana Baiul
(Former Ukrainian Competitive Figure Skater)
Oksana Baiul
26
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 16, 1977
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Dnipro, Ukraine
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Olena Zelenska
(Ukrainian Screenwriter, Architect, and Political Figure)
Olena Zelenska
11
Birthdate: February 6, 1978
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Kryvyi Rih, Ukraine
 12 
Diana
(YouTube Star)
Diana
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Listed In: YouTubers
Birthdate: March 31, 2014
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Kyiv, Ukraine
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Vladimir Horowitz
(Russian-Born American Virtuoso Pianist)
Vladimir Horowitz
11
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: October 1, 1903
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Kyiv, Ukraine
Died: November 5, 1989
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Jan Koum
(Co-Founder and Former CEO of ‘WhatsApp’)
Jan Koum
35
Listed In: Engineers
Birthdate: February 24, 1976
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Kyiv, Ukraine

Jan Koum is a Ukrainian American computer programmer and entrepreneur. He is credited with co-founding the popular cross-platform messaging service, WhatsApp. One of the most popular billionaires around the world, Koum donated almost $556 million to the donor-advised community foundation, Silicon Valley Community Foundation, in 2014.

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Halyna Hutchins
(Ukrainian Cinematographer)
Halyna Hutchins
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Birthdate: 1979 AD
Birthplace: Horodets', Ukraine
Died: October 21, 2021
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Stepan Bandera
(Political leader)
Stepan Bandera
19
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: January 1, 1909
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Galicia
Died: October 15, 1959
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Vaslav Nijinsky
(Ballet Dancer, Choreographer and One of the Greatest Male Dancers of All Time)
Vaslav Nijinsky
5
Listed In: Dancers
Birthdate: March 12, 1889
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Kyiv, Ukraine
Died: April 8, 1950

Vaslav Nijinsky was a ballet dancer and choreographer. He is counted among the greatest male dancers of the early 20th century. He was known for the intensity of his characterizations. He was brilliant and could dance en pointe, a rare skill few male dancers of his era possessed. He suffered from mental health issues in his later life. 

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Andriy Yarmolenko
(Ukrainian Football Midfielder/Forward)
Andriy Yarmolenko
16
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 23, 1989
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia

Andriy Yarmolenko is a Ukrainian football player who plays as a forward or midfielder. He is the current captain of the Ukraine national football team. He is best known for his association with Dynamo Kyiv; he played for the team from 2008 to 2017. In 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2017, Andriy Yarmolenko was named Ukrainian Footballer of the Year.

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Vitas
(Ukrainian-Russian Singer, Songwriter and Actor Known for His Unique Falsetto and His Eclectic Musical Style)
Vitas
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: February 19, 1979
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Daugavpils, Latvia

Vitas is a Ukrainian-Russian actor, singer, and songwriter. Renowned for his eclectic musical style and unique falsetto, Vitas has performed with well-known labels like Universal Music Group. He often incorporates elements of folk, classical, jazz, techno, dance, and operatic pop into his music.

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Anatoly Dyatlov
(Nuclear Engineer)
Anatoly Dyatlov
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Listed In: Engineers
Birthdate: March 3, 1931
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Atamanovo, Russia
Died: December 13, 1995
Anatoly Dyatlov was the deputy chief-engineer of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant. He oversaw the safety test that eventually ended in the 1986 Chernobyl disaster. Dyatlov was later imprisoned for his negligence but was released in 1990, as part of an amnesty. His recorded memoirs were later released on YouTube.
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Louis B. Mayer
(Canadian-American Film Producer Who Co-Founded Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer)
Louis B. Mayer
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Birthdate: July 12, 1884
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Dymer, Kiev Governorate, Russian Empire [now Vyshhorod Raion, Kiev Oblast, Ukraine]
Died: October 29, 1957
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Vladimir the Great
(Prince of Novgorod, Grand Prince of Kiev)
Vladimir the Great
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 0958 AD
Birthplace: Kiev, Ukraine
Died: July 15, 1015
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Sergey Bubka
(Former Soviet-Ukrainian Pole Vaulter Who Broke the World Record for Men's Pole Vault 35 Times)
Sergey Bubka
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 4, 1963
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Luhansk, Ukraine

Russian star pole-vaulter Sergey Bubka had started training at age 9. He soared to fame after winning the world championship in Finland at age 15 and later became the first to jump 6.1m. He won the 1988 Seoul Olympic gold and shattered the global men’s pole vault record 35 times.

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Valentin Chmerkovskiy
(Professional Dancer and Choreographer)
Valentin Chmerkovskiy
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Listed In: Dancers
Birthdate: March 24, 1986
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Odesa, Ukraine

Ukrainian-American professional dancer Valentin Chmerkovskiy is best known for his appearances in the US version of the reality dance competition TV show Dancing with the Stars, which he won twice. A versatile and brilliant dancer, he is also a 14-time US National Latin Dance champion. He is the co-owner of nine social dance studios as well. 

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Berta Vazquez
(Ukrainian-born Spanish Model, Actress, and Singer)
Berta Vazquez
14
Birthdate: March 28, 1992
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Kyiv, Ukraine
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Nestor Makhno
(Ukrainian Anarchist Revolutionary and the Commander of the Revolutionary Insurgent Army of Ukraine)
Nestor Makhno
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: November 7, 1888
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Hulyaipole, Ukraine
Died: July 25, 1934
Remembered for his guerrilla tactics, his Robin Hood image, and his Black Army that kept the Red and White armies away from a part of Ukraine, Nestor Makhno lost his father as an infant. He began working on farms at age 7 and grew up to be an anarchist revolutionary. 
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Jamala
(Singer)
Jamala
10
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: August 27, 1983
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Osh, Kyrgyzstan
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Elina Svitolina
(Former Ukrainian Tennis Player)
Elina Svitolina
13
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 12, 1994
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Odesa, Ukraine
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Yaroslav Amosov
(Ukrainian Mixed Martial Artist)
Yaroslav Amosov
7
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 9, 1993
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Irpin', Ukraine
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Vitalii Sediuk
(Reporter)
Vitalii Sediuk
5
Birthdate: November 14, 1988
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Boryspil, Ukraine

Vitalii Sediuk is a name celebrities dread. The Ukrainian former reporter and prankster who crashes red-carpet events made headlines when he crawled under America Ferrera’s dress at Cannes, eventually losing his job at the TV channel 1+1. He faced legal issues when he broke Brad Pitt’s sunglasses at a premiere.

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Oxana Malaya
(Ukrainian Woman Who Grew Up as a Feral Child)
Oxana Malaya
5
Birthdate: November 4, 1983
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic

Though born a normal child, Ukrainian woman Oxana Malaya was later neglected by her family and grew up a feral child surrounded by dogs. She was a little over 7 when she was found by authorities. She later underwent therapy and was also the subject of a documentary.

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Denis Stoff
(Guitarist and Vocalist of The Ukrainian Metalcore Group 'Make Me Famous')
Denis Stoff
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: May 4, 1992
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Khartsyz'k, Ukraine

Denis Stoff is a Ukrainian guitarist and vocalist best known for founding the popular metalcore band, Make Me Famous. He is also credited with founding Down & Dirty, which was formed after the dissolution of Make Me Famous. He then joined the British band Asking Alexandria before becoming the lead vocalist for Drag Me Out.

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Nikita Krylov
(Ukrainian-Russian Mixed Martial Artist)
Nikita Krylov
9
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 7, 1992
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Krasnyi Luch, Luhansk Oblast Luhansk, Ukraine
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Verka Serduchka
(Ukrainian Actor, Singer, and Comedian)
Verka Serduchka
5
Birthdate: October 2, 1973
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Poltava, Ukraine
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Taras Shevchenko
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: March 9, 1814
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Morintsy, Ukraine
Died: March 10, 1861
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Alexey Oleynik
(Russian Combat Sambo Fighter and Mixed Martial Artist)
Alexey Oleynik
4
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 25, 1977
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kharkiv, Ukraine
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Yulia Tymoshenko
(10th and 13th Prime Minister of Ukraine)
Yulia Tymoshenko
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: November 27, 1960
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Dnipro, Ukraine

The feisty Orange Revolution leader Yulia Tymoshenko became Ukraine’s first lady prime minister in 2005 and was back in power from 2007 to 2010. She made her signature blonde ponytail, sometimes worn in a crown-shaped braid, a fashion statement. Tymoshenko was on Forbes’s list of the world’s most powerful women.

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Viktor Yushchenko
(Economist, Politician, Banker)
Viktor Yushchenko
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: February 23, 1954
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Khoruzhivka
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Yaroslav the Wise
3
Birthdate: 0978 AD
Birthplace: Ukraine
Died: February 20, 1054
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Sergei Magnitsky
(Tax advisor)
Sergei Magnitsky
5
Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: April 8, 1972
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Odessa, Ukraine
Died: November 16, 2009
 41 
Yevhen Konoplyanka
(Ukrainian Football Midfielder)
Yevhen Konoplyanka
7
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 29, 1989
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Kropyvnytskyi

Yevhen Konoplyanka is a Ukrainian football player who plays as a midfielder for the Ukraine national team. He has also played for clubs like Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk, Schalke 04, and Shakhtar Donetsk. In 2010, 2012, and 2013, Yevhen Konoplyanka was named Ukrainian Footballer of the Year.

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Ivanna Sakhno
(Ukrainian Actress)
Ivanna Sakhno
3
Birthdate: November 14, 1997
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Kyiv, Ukraine
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Nadiya Bychkova
(Ukrainian Dancer Who Specializes in Ballroom and Latin American Dance)
Nadiya Bychkova
13
Listed In: Dancers
Birthdate: August 24, 1989
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Luhansk, Ukraine
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Tina Karol
(Ukrainian Singer, Television Presenter, and Actress)
Tina Karol
9
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: January 25, 1985
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Orotukan, Russia
 45 
Bohdan Khmelnytsky
(Hetman of Zaporizhian Host (1648 –1657))
Bohdan Khmelnytsky
3
Birthdate: 1595 AD
Birthplace: Subotiv, Ukraine
Died: August 6, 1657
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Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk
(Ukrainian Basketball Player Who Plays as a Shooting Guard or Small Forward)
Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk
5
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 10, 1997
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Cherkasy, Ukraine
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Leonid Kravchuk
(Former President of Ukraine)
Leonid Kravchuk
3
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: January 10, 1934
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Velykyi Zhytyn
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Victoria Zdrok
(Ukrainian-American Porn Star, Author, and Sex Therapist)
Victoria Zdrok
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: March 3, 1973
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Kyiv, Ukraine
 49 
Oksana Lada
(Ukrainian-Born American Actor)
Oksana Lada
4
Birthdate: March 3, 1976
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine
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Yelena Yemchuk
(Photographer)
Yelena Yemchuk
3
Birthdate: April 22, 1970
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Kyiv, Ukraine