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Regions with significant populations
Kharkiv, Kiev, Odessa
Ukrainian · Russian · Niger–Congo languages · English · French
Christianity, others

Afro-Ukrainians or Black Ukrainians (Ukrainian: Афроукраїнці, Ukrainian: Темношкірі Dark-skinned), are Ukrainians of dark-skinned African or American descent, including black people who have settled in Ukraine and their mixed race children. Black Ukrainians are multi-lingual knowing both Russian and Ukrainian aside of their native languages and aware of the cultural conflict in Ukraine between the Ukrainian and Russian languages.[1][2][3] Population of Afro-Ukrainians is rather insignificant and mostly concentrated in major cities of Ukraine.


The Ukrainian word nehr (Ukrainian: негр) is widely used and is a calque-form of the French: nègr, lit. 'Negro'.[4] It is considered a neutral term.

Prominent Afro-Ukrainians



  1. ^ Afro-Ukrainians in Donetsk Archived 2014-02-21 at the Wayback Machine. January 20, 2014
  2. ^ Lessons in Ukrainian. politiko.
  3. ^ In Donetsk dark-skinned asked the bad-mannered Russian to study Ukrainian language. Gazeta in Ukrainian. January 20, 2014
  4. ^ Melnychuk (2003), Etymolohichnyi slovnyk Ukraïnsʹkoï movy (Etymological Dictionary of the Ukrainian Language), Kyiv: Naukova Dumka, p 63.
  5. ^ Pop Notes: "Orange" groups top local charts. Kyiv Post. December 15, 2004
  6. ^ Odessa Afro-Ukrainians tasted the Transcarpathian Hutsul bryndza Archived February 21, 2014, at the Wayback Machine. Mukachevo portal. September 19, 2006
  7. ^ Let's pass to each other a joy Archived 2014-02-22 at the Wayback Machine. Black Sea News. April 13, 2013
  8. ^ Palmero, María (16 February 2015). "Antena 3 ficha a la novia de Mario Casas para hacer de lesbiana en 'Vis a Vis'". El Confidencial (in Spanish). Titania Compañía Editorial, S. L. Retrieved 28 August 2018.

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