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Archeologists claim that the lands Lviv is located on were inhabited 20 thousand years ago. It is known that at the beginning of the first century Slavic tribes lived on these territories. In the IXth century these lands became the part of Kievan Rus, which was one of the most powerful European States in those days. Later on, however, because of the frequent Mongol-Tatar invasions, this state was split into separate principalities. The mightiest among them was Galicia-Volyn principality, founded at the end of the XIIth century by the prince Roman Mstyslavovych.

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