Rising in the southwestern part of the Russian Federation, at an altitude of about 220 metres on the southern slope of the Valdai Hills, west of Moscow, not far from the sources of the Volga, the Dnieper River flows generally south through Belarus, then southeast through Ukraine, ending in the Black Sea. The Dnieper is the third longest river in Europe, and the second longest river flowing into the Black Sea. Its watershed is 58% in Ukraine, 24% in Belarus and only 18% in Russia.

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