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Dnipro, a city of around 1 million residents, is the fourth largest city in Ukraine.  The city is named after the river, Dnipro, that runs through it.  It was founded in 1787 by the Russian Empress, Catherine, and was known as Katerinoslav until 1925.

During the Soviet Union, the city was closed to foreigners due to the factory, Yuzhmash, that is famous for is space and ballistic missile manufacturing.

It is a political and business hub.  Ukraine’s second president, Leonid Kuchma, and former prime minister, Yuliya Tymoshenko got their starts in the area.