The host nation for this mini-tournament also managed to grind out a draw with a highly-fancied Spain, boosting England’s hopes of qualifying for the tournament.
Calum Chambers was the goalscorer in eastern Europe where England will be spending the next week with games against the two remaining sides determining this summer’s plans.
Taras Kacharaba was red carded as early as 36 minutes to give England a huge boost going into the rest of the game but they were unable to capitalize before half-time.
Ryan Inniss had a strong header saved and the Ukranian crossbar was also hit during the first half which could not produce a goal.
Chuba Akpom summed up what was going to be a bright half when he came out after the break full of energy. He saw a superb shot into the side netting after some positive build-up play from John Peacock’s side.
Will Hughes produced the cross that would eventually see the opener for England. He placed the ball right into the centre of the box for Chambers to head home into the net.
Chelsea midfielder John Swift seemed to be at the start of all good moves and even at the finish as he had some great chances to double the England lead.
England take on Georgia on Wednesday before seeing a crunch game with Spain on Saturday.