Zakarpatska (Transcarpathia) is in an oblast in Western Ukraine. Until WWI it used to belong to Hungary (under the Austro-Hungarian Empire) and between the wars to Czechoslovakia. It still retains a relatively multi-national flair having considerable ethnic minorities. The indigenous population to this region is the Rusyn, who do not consider themselves Ukrainians.
A region of Western Ukraine closely associated with Ukrainian culture. The majority of ethnic people align themselves with the Ukrainian people and consider themselves a part of the overall Rusyn culture.
The Ukrainian Carpathians.
The official language is Ukrainian and it is also the most common one. Most inhabitants have a good command of Russian as a foreign language. Minority languages include Slovak, Hungarian and Romanian. Other foreign languages are German and English.
Uzhhorod has its own international airport. Other nearby airports are Ivano-Frankivsk, Kosice (Slovakia) and Debrecen (Hungary).
There are several daily bus connections from Slovakia, all of them calling at Michalovce, some of them running as far as Kosice or Presov. At the Ukrainian side, they all call at Uzhhorod, few running as far as Mukacheve. Direct overnight bus from Czech Republic operates few times a week. For those who are more concerned about comfort than price, there is a luxury bus operating every night at Prague - Uzhhorod route under the 'Nobless line' brand.