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    Fascist!

    by arturowan Written Sep 9, 2014

    Do not use the word FASCIST while in a Russian-speaking country, unless you mean the word to be accepted specifically, in order to mean; NAZI/Hitlerite...
    Unlike in English-speaking countries, where 'fascist' has become a trivialised colloquialism, often used in general discourse, out-of-context of its specific meaning, this is not the case in Ukraine...
    In colloquial English, 'fascist' is used as slang for any intolerant sort of person, who adheres to rigid disciplines & a narrow-outlook - a prime example of this is recounted in Jonathan Dimbleby's epic travelogue; RUSSIA
    The author relates an encounter with an opinionated fashion-designer, who bemoans the Soviet era, when folk were expected to turn-out in their best clothes, & apparently, shorts were never seen worn in public, & the police enforced this...
    Dimbleby retorts; "You're a fashion-fascist!"
    To which the designer takes great exception, thinking he has been accused to be a Hitlerite!
    I have my own story to tell on this subject, when in Russian-speaking 0dessa, a Jewish aquaintance of mine insisted I meet a guitarist friend of his...
    I emphasise the Jewish origins of my friend, because this person turned out to be what we in Britain call a 'skinhead', whose views are typically associated with, & equal to fascism...
    This 0dessite was keen to explain to me, that as a guitarist, he could appreciate black music, but he did not like them as people...
    While this explanation was in process, my Jewish host kept repeating the Russian slang variation of fascist = "FASCIK!"
    Each time he said this, our guitarist aquaintance kept standing up, waving his fist & exclaiming;
    "How many times do I have to tell you, my grandfather fought in the Red Army against the fascistsi! So, how can I be a fascist?"
    This is the stabdard logic amongst folk who have been brought up in the former Soviet Union, whatever others might think of their personal opinions...
    The word FASCIST has been used again in modern Ukraine, since the Maidan protests, which have served to spark off rivalries going back to WW2
    Some Ukrainians who did not wish to be part of the Soviet Union, chose in order to collaborate with the Axis invasion, taking part in the pogroms, & other Nazi executions...
    This mostly occurred in the west of the country, where majority support has also been displayed for the change of political order that the Maidan protests sought to achieve...
    Some nationalistic organisations who paraded during the protests, wearing black paramilitary uniforms, with red & black, runic insignia, have also been permitted to join the civil war, started by President Poroshenko's new government...
    It is really not surprising then, that those in the east of the country on the receiving end of military action, are referring to the government in Kiev, simply as; "FASCISTI!"
    Ukraine is a volatile country, now more so than ever, so if you venture there, even if you meet a fluent English speaker, do not try to be colloquial or clever with the use of the word 'fascist' - it is still a very provocative word there, not at all the throwaway slang it has become elsewhere...

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    DOUBLE-CHARGING!

    by arturowan Updated Aug 20, 2014

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    I have read many comments on here about the accepted (annoying) business practise/habit, of doubling prices & taxi fares to tourists, by Ukrainians, but I know for a fact that the worst culprits for this are agents in my own country!
    0n 1 occasion when I tried to book a coach fare for London > Kiev, through a British agent, he quoted me £200
    When I'd travelled before, I'd paid £160 return, so I assumed this was the return fare (+ inflation, as about 2 years had passed since my last booking...)
    Luckily I checked this out & found no, the quote was 1 way, to return he wanted £400 (!!!)
    Realising this was an insane price for a coach fare, I did some research online & found another ticket agent in London - his price for the same coach company, return = £155
    (Just to state the criminally obvious, the other ticket agent was trying to profit out of my transaction by a full £245 - in other words just for the cost of an envelope & a postage stamp, he would have made more out of my seat, than the coach operator who have all their overheads to cover - absolute daylight robbery!)
    Yes, the fare offered by the other agent was even cheaper than I'd paid to the coach operator, 2 years previously!
    So, indeed, it does pay to shop around, & especially so if you're taking my advice to rent a room while in Ukraine, rather than staying in a hotel...
    The British agent mark-ups on apartments are just as over the top as for transport fares...
    If you search online through the websites, the same apartments appear all over the place, with prices that vary enormously, which is because agents from UK & US are profiting as middle-men in the booking transactions...
    The standard procedure is to mark-up the owners set price by a full 100%
    Even though the middle-man has no overheads, but the maintenance of their website!
    UK agents are even worse for inflating the prices than American agents, & will not negotiate a price decrease for out-of-season, travel, which means if you do not look around for a deal, the going rate for an apartment in any major Ukrainian city, will be weekly rent = £1000+
    In order to put this escalation into context, this is more than I paid for a 5 week stay on the main street into central 0dessa (Preobrazhenskaya 0olitsa) during the winter off-season...
    Even during summer, a £1000 rent would buy at least a fortnight in such a high quality, centrally-located apartment, which just proves what profiteering British agents are making out of Ukraine...
    It annoys me to be double-charged by traders & taxi-drivers in Ukraine, but their prices are in Griven - British agents are (over)charging in GB£'s (£1 = 11Griven = very approx...)
    I know who in my mind, this makes the bigger con artists, & it makes me ashamed to be British...

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    Smokes...

    by arturowan Written Jul 26, 2014

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    Smoking remains very popular in Ukraine, amongst both men & women, & folk seem to smoke almost all places, including restaurants...
    As in UK - folk appear to be starting smoking while still at school, (& have no interest in the health risks, or the ridiculous cost - the same such indulgers always seem to be those claiming they cannot afford to eat healthily...)
    Smokers in the streets of Ukraine are worse though, because here, Turkish cigarettes are popular, & they smell more like cigars!
    As an ex-smoker myself, I like to consider myself tolerant on this issue, but there is so much of it happening everywhere, it can be annoying if you go out to eat...
    1 place where smoking is banned is on the long-distance coaches (GUNSEL & AUTOLUKS...)
    'HET KYPNT' (Cyrillic - 'Nyet Kooreet') = NO SMOKING

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    Any currency exchanged, as long as it's US$...

    by arturowan Updated Jun 5, 2014

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    You cannot spend even the briefest visit in Ukraine, & not see the signs for '0bmen valut', printed in Cyrillic, often on vivid yellow boards set-up on sidewalks, but also inside & around places of public transport, & even truck stop lay-bys...
    These are the currency exchange kiosks, & their daily rate of exchange is usually displayed on the signs, as '0bmenniy koors = Grivna > US$ & US$ > Grivna'...
    In cities, exchange rates for other currencies will be listed, especially Euro, & GB£ - though this is why I add this warning, because when I was in 0dessa, even the kiosks which displayed the £ sign, would not exchange my cash...
    This is a problem when you're in a country which will not accept foreign currencies, & despite what you might read elsewhere about the $ being more popular than the Grivna in Ukraine, it just ain't so in shops, because actually it's illegal to trade in anything but the national currency...
    The American websites advertising apartment rentals would seem to be unaware of this, & though when paying for my apartment rental, the Ukrainian owner quoted the total in $'s, I paid in Grivna...
    My advice would be to avoid the exchange kiosks, if you want a competitive exchange rate, & to convert into any currency but US$
    Banks will probably give a better exchange rate than the kiosks, but if you have an international ATM debit card, then the best rate of all is through the high street cash machines (bankomats...)
    Despite what is said that Ukraine is still a 'cash economy', which it is, there are ATM's along every major street & at public transport terminals, & though those for local banks will not serve foreign bankcards, those marked for VISA & Mastercard, will...
    Some of the 'bankomats' are even dual-currency, & will pay out in $'s, (which the American owners of some apartments, will demand their rental to paid in, even if it is a contravention of local law...)
    But do not go to Ukraine with a wad of your local currency, expecting to easily convert it into Grivna, at a street kiosk - they only wish to change a couple of notes at a time, almost exclusively into, or out of, US$
    Ukrainian rates of inflation are so high, that local folk exchange their earnings into 'hard currency', as soon as they are paid, but ironically, it is this dual use of currency which is supposed to be to blame for aggravating the inflation problem!
    At least I think it is, but I must admit, I do not understand economics, so I really cannot comment if the preference for US$ within Ukrainian borders is responsible for the nation's car-crash economy, but obviously, it does not reflect national faith, if people prefer to keep their savings under the bed in a wad of US$

    'GRIVNA' -THE only official currency in Ukraine... 200 + 500 Greens notes... Another use for Kopeyka = 1; 2; 5; 10; 25; 50; 100 (=1Grivna)
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    0n the border...

    by arturowan Updated Apr 2, 2014

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    My first visit to Kiev was in 2005 - the year after Ruslana won the Eurovision Song Contest for 'the new Ukraine' - which the progressive government at the time used as a convenient excuse to abandon the still Soviet immigration requirements & allow EU passport holders to enter without a visa...
    I was warned by locals to expect an interrogation & belongings search at the border, but instead received the warm, welcoming smile of a woman passport inspector (not unlike those in the photo's!)
    ...who let me through after 1 simple ?
    ("What purpose your visit?")
    When I returned in 2007 - my entry & exit was just as smooth, so I was not expecting any obstacles when I repeated the journey in 2009
    Despite the defeat of Victor Yushenko in the intervening election, the new P.M. - Yulia Timoshenko, had been elected as a progressive (& her son-in-law is a fellow Englishman) so I was stunned by the relapse to Cold War border paranoia that had been resurrected...
    Ironically, my entry was not hindered, but for being given unduly suspicious stares by the passport inspector...
    As it was 5 weeks before my return, I thought it unlikely he'd be on duty on my return, or that he'd remember me if he was - but not only was he on guard at midnight when I reached the border, he was obviously awaiting me, with a colleague, both of whom had in the meantime devised the daft theory that I was travelling on a fake passport (despite having 4 existing official 'vkhod' - IN & 'vikhod' - OUT stamps from previous border crossings).
    I had to endure 20 minutes of ?'s in Russian to ascertain whether I was British, even though I can only speak English fluently - all the while having my passport held to my face, & having to position my head in different positions, with a torch shone in my eyes...
    This paranoia aroused some humour amongst Ukrainain passengers, that a westerner might choose to be an 'illegal immigrant' in Ukraine!
    In 2011 my treatment was not so 'Soviet', but again, on both border crossings, I was treated with suspicion in regard to my EU passport, despite the fact that this is all their embassy requires tourists to identify themselves with, to officials...
    But, tourism seems still not understood in Ukraine & those in uniform retain the attitude that anybody entering is either a spy or smuggler!
    Despite which, for all their suspicious ?'s, out of 8 opportunities to examine my luggage, not once have those in uniform, bothered to look at it - Ukrainian logic confounds me...

    Who created borders anyway? If only all border guards looked this good... What, no Cyrillic alphabet signs?
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    'moodoshlyopi'

    by arturowan Updated Feb 19, 2014

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    So many of the female population of Ukraine are advertising online on the internet, seeking a foreign 'moosh' (husband) & in general, Russian-speaking girls are less than complimentary about their menfolk - so what is the truth - are they really the mommy's boys they are reputed to be?
    Having spent some time in the Ukrainian/Russian city, 0dessa, & having met a broad range of folk in differing circumstances, I would have to conclude that as with everything else in this bi-polar place of contradictions - yes...& NO!
    As with every other aspect of this idionsyncratic city, 0dessa's menfolk are either above reasonable criticism by any girl who is not 'fafa-ee-feefa' (slang for a spoilt perfectionist) or otherwise, they truly are as dire as is told...
    Ukraine is something of a 'little Italy' - a matriachal bastion, where boys especially are spoilt rotten by doting aunts, grannies , & mothers, & never come close to reaching any meaningful adulthood. Middle-aged 'shlyondree' (slang for wannabe playboys) will stay up into the early hours, then return from their vodka binges & be cooked a full dinner by a mother who is quite content with such behaviour as long as her precious son never leaves the nest...
    This was the case with a family who invited me back to 0dessa, not having warned me beforehand that their home had been taken over by their son's exploitative drinking associates, who also ended a nights partying by 'crashing' on their home for food & somewhere to sleep...
    0n the day I returned to 0dessa, December 2009, I spent it sharing a room with an inanimate bundle of blankets, 'alfonsing' on the sofa...
    0nly a turtle-head (I use the term ambiguously) emerged, until dusk, whereupon this guest ceased sucking his thumb long enough to insult me, & demand from a female visitor that he be given a painkiller for his 'koomareet' (narcotic hangover)...
    This 'moodoshlyop' (Russian slang for an overgrown baby) turned out to be from Kiev & he actually transpired to be all of 36
    God save us...
    Such pathetic examples of manhood are all too typical of Ukrainian's in trousers, so is it any wonder that any self-respecting female should aspire elsewhere for a man?
    That considered, there are many well-educated, hard-working, courteous & mature males in the city, & many of them speak English, for their own aspirations to leave their hometown for better prospects...
    The irony of this is that thay tend to be the single males - & they explain to me that it is impossible to find a match in Ukraine because the potential ones are too preoccupied with what is available online from abroad....
    This surely tells the real truth about the 'dyevooshkee' advertising themselves on the internet, because if they bothered to look in their own neighbourhood, there are plenty of acceptable men available, but they are those regarded as being 'syeriy' (literally - grey, but slangwise = boring) by the local Ukrainian females, who, in my experience, are themselves immature & club-centric...
    All they want to do in life is go to nightclubs & the beach, though they complain bitterly if their menfolk are equally unsubstantial in their interests...
    They are also quite spoilt, out of proportion to their apparently impoverished backgrounds, & really only judge a man by the size of his wallet, so they need to stop complaining & learn a universal truth - 'like attracts like' ('podobniy preevleekaet podobniy')...

    0ld photo - ain't much changed though - tragic...
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    DOGS...(& dumps!)

    by arturowan Updated Feb 14, 2014

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    I like dogs, but even if you do not, do not be put off entering Ukraine by knowing that packs of strays roam the streets - they are placid & rather scared of folk, so there is remote chance of being attacked...
    Ukraine received the wrath of animal rights protestors preceding UEFA 2012, because the event was used as an excuse to euthanase the stray dogs in the cities where the stadiums were receiving foreign crowds...
    I have only been bitten once in the street, in 0dessa, & that was from somebody's pet that turned around behind me & tried to take a chunk out of my leg, (so it is best advice to steer clear of a local walking their Bobik...)
    Ukrainians still keep their dogs in kennels within the courtyard where they reside, so if you are visiting such an address, you do need to exercise caution - these pets are very territorial & will at least make a lot of noise if they so much a scent as a stranger...
    When walking the sidewalks, keep as close to the kerbside as possible, then you'll not appear as a threat to the territory of the dogs whose yard you're passing...
    If you are renting an apartment secluded in a courtyard, the local dog population is a major drawback, though after a few days, it is my experience that the the local canines will grow accustomed to you & even become friendly if encouraged...
    With such a high 'sabaka' population, it should be no surprise that the city's streets are not the cleanest - so watch your step not only for the ever present trip hazards, (although considering how many strays there are, the mess is no more than on a typical English street, where there are no strays...)
    In Ukraine, not all deposits 'na oolitsa' are the fault of furry friends!
    (but bear in mind that owing to so many 0dessite's addiction to vodka - in quantities that overwhelms the senses to control the bowels, not all dumps on the pavement are attributable to Bobik...)

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    Standing out in a crowd...

    by arturowan Written Jan 29, 2014

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    It has been said that when a woman goes shopping for clothes, she looks for something that nobody else but her will be seen in - when a man goes to the clothes store, he does the opposite, & tries to pick what will blend in with everybody else...
    Ukraine is a country where the streets would seem to demonstrate this observation, like no other place I've ever visited!
    & at no time of year is it more observable, than during wintertime...
    While the 'zhenshcheeni' tend to follow a pattern of knee boots & hooded fur coats, no 2 of them ever seem to look quite the same, yet the 'mooshcheeni' are a different story, indeed!
    In fact, on my first 2 visits to Ukraine in winter, I actually became rather paranoid about the situation, which seems silly now, but all the men looked so alike, it was like a country of clones!
    Ukrainian men do tend to look quite similar anyway, with the gene pool having been isolated behind the 'iron curtain', & in their identical winter clothes of black boots or shoes & wooly hats or caps, with the darkest hues of indigo grey trousers & coats, I kept thinking I was being passed by the same man on the streets!
    It did not do anything for my confidence that on arrival in Kiev, a group of 'takseeistsa', prowling the bus station for foreign coaches, picked on me to chase around the building, hoping they could convince me that there were no seats remaining on the last coach to 0dessa...
    Running with a rucksack & hand luggage is not funny - I think if it happened today, I'd suffer a heart attack...
    However, I have now learnt to be savvy about what to wear in Ukraine in wintertime, & by observation of those around me, I know that dark clothes means DARK - i.e; not navy blue for a coat, which I believed to be 'dark', from experience in England...
    Wearing that coat, with its red, western logo, in Ukraine, made me stand out like a sore thumb, which is not something I recommend, as travelling by public transport in a land with an awkward language, is stressful enough, without everybody pointing out 'the American'...
    0f course, you might not care to comply with local, seasonal fashion, & regard this uniformity as a throwback to Soviet-times, which it is...
    But then again, if you want to feel like a part of the place, & not a tourist to be preyed upon, wearing local 'camouflage' makes sense...
    I think of myself as alike a Red Underwing moth, which has dark grey/brown wings which hide it hermetic against the background, during the day, but when it opens them up, you see the brightest flash of crimsom...
    So my advice to any male traveller in Ukraine, out-of-season, is to dress down, wearing only black or sombre shades, then you'll be accepted on the streets, & can go where you please, without attracting comment or curiosity of scammers...
    (Incidentally, the famous furry headwear, known as 'ooshanka', which literally means 'earflaps', are worn by some Ukrainian men, but you will more likely identify yourself as a tourist, by parading around in 1)

    Not ALL Ukrainians where dark clothes... 2-tone 'ooshi' How to dress to blend-in... 'ooshanka' = earflaps 'na oolitsa' (on the street)
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    Hitching a ride...

    by arturowan Updated Oct 30, 2013

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    Some1 new to this site, mentioned their plans for travel, including into Ukraine, by budget means, even hitchhiking...
    Hitchhiking has drawn a unanimous response from VT advisors, as no longer a valid way to tour anywhere, let alone Ukraine...
    Having been there 4 times now, & being with locals, been obliged to travel as they do; (i.e; 'when in Rome', except this was 0dessa & Kiev) then I can make these observations...
    It needs to be made apparent that the system of hitching a ride in Ukraine is quite different to UK, where thumbing a lift is a rare sight these days, & usually means there is no transaction expected...
    Most importantly to understand about Ukraine, there's no such thing as a 'free ride' - the hitcher is expected to contribute about half the fuel cost of the journey - the decision of total charge being that of the driver...
    So, for a foreigner to try to travel this way is inadvisable, because even if they understand Russian numbers to understand the charge, being a westerner will trigger what seems to be an automatic response that non-Ukrainians can afford to pay double, or more...
    If this is the result, then it will be no more of a cost-saving than using a licensed cab, whose rates are very cheap, compared to western prices...
    It needs to be understood about Ukraine, that almost every man with a car, regards himself as a 'taksi-eest' - so if you do want to travel by taxi, be sure it has a state licence plate attached, & sign on the roof, because some 'entrepeneurs' are cashing-in on tourists, & charging as much for short regional journeys, as the fare between capitols, not to mention such ploys as locking their luggage in the boot, then leaving them stranded in the middle of nowhere...
    Public transport within Ukraine is still kept in check, as in Soviet times, so just why the folk I met there were so insistent to take a 'taksee', meaning hitching, still confounds me...
    Unless you're a great enthusiast for travelling in Zhiguli's, & collating how each 1 differs with its owner's choice of interior decoration, there is really no cause to ride this way...
    Buses are modern & efficient, & though many of the trams & trolleybuses have seen better days, they are reliable for getting from A>B at a bargain fare...
    The fact about hitching in Ukraine that needs to be stated is that the country is in trouble with the UN for its epidemic rate of missing people - when I was there, the bulletins on tv about them a were daily part of the schedule...
    Abducting a person isn't an easy task, unless of course, you have a car, & your victim is eager to hitch - then the person becomes trapped in a cell over which the abductor is in control...
    I believe it's no coincidence that the population of missing people in Ukraine, is directly attributable to the national disregard for personal safety, which means enthusiasm for hitching, so if there's 1 thing about the culture there to avoid, it's riding with strangers...

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    Mushrooming...

    by arturowan Written Oct 15, 2013

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    Mushrooming is a national pastime in Ukraine, & the wild crop a seasonal staple food in both countryside & cities...
    'hreebee', as the fungi are called in Ukrainian ('greebee' in Russian) are so much a part of the culture, that in 1999 , 5 favourite species of mushrooms appeared on a souvenir sheet of postage stamps, designed by Kateryna Shtanko...
    However, since the Chyornobyl disaster, this tradition is 1 that might be seriously detrimental to health, because radio-active elements seem to concentrate in the underground rhizomes...
    Although the area worst affected is that around Kiev, the general warning is that no wild mushroom in the country, should be considered edible...
    0f course, Ukraine being Ukraine, such advice is not necessarilly abided by, by the locals, especially as mushrooms provide free food, & going into the woods, in order to pick them, is part of national tradition...
    Nevertheless, the garlands of dried mushrooms, sold by vendors at markets & roadside stops, are better off avoided, & even in restaurants, unless they are guaranteed grown indoors, they should not be ordered...

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    Cyrillic italics...

    by arturowan Updated Sep 3, 2013

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    I read Jonathan Dimbleby's RUSSIA - in which he admits to taking on the task of exploring this vast nation, not knowing the Cyrillic alphabet...
    Arriving in a country with a different alphabet can be a very daunting experience - even the most everyday, recognisable things in life, like street kiosks & cafes, can appear alien when the signage & advertising doesn't even look like what you're accustomed to reading...
    My first experience of Ukraine had been prepared for by at least learning the Cyrillic alphabet, but on arrival, I still felt like I'd landed on another planet...
    Streetsigns were few & far between, & trying to find my way around the old streets of Kiev & 0dessa, I had to keep peering up to the second floor level of buildings on street corners, where the street names were HAND painted...
    Not only was the aged white paint difficult to decipher by day, after dark in these unlit cities, it was almost impossible...
    My next frustration with Cyrillic was to come in the supermarkets, where very few products have clearly printed identification...
    Ukrainian groceries are packaged in elaborately lettered wrappers, & Cyrillic italics are on another level of decipherment, to the standard text...
    Most annoyingly, some italic letters, resemble other printed letters, e.g; the Cyrillic aspirated 'h' = x - but when in italic, has an extra line through it, so appearing to the untrained eye, to instead be the Russian letter for 'zh' (it looks something like a snowflake...)
    By the time of my fourth visit to Ukraine, I thought I'd gotten the Cyrillic issue sorted, & by now the 0dessa council had seen fit to place more clearly black lettered, printed yellow streetsigns, around the city...
    But now, & it's enough to make any1 paranoid, the authorities had another trick in store...
    At the border crossing, the previous customs form, printed in miniscule, bi-lingual Russian & English on a piece of white paper the size of a passport, had been replaced with an A4 form on mottled paper, covered in tiny Ukrainian Cyrillic ITALICS (& NO English!)
    Not only can I not read Ukrainian, but italics on bluish tinged artpaper - just who thinks up these tests of patience & intellect?

    Cyrillic printing is legible enough... ...but, cursive!
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    Alcoholism

    by Pomocub Written Sep 29, 2012

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    Alcoholism seems to be a bit of a problem in Ukraine especially in the smaller towns and villages and tends to affect the men more but women are slowly starting to drink more.

    Alcohol, especially Vodka (Horilka) is extremely cheap in Ukraine and at the street vendors a bottle of larger (Pivo) is cheaper than a bottle of mineral water so it is the complete oposite of most of the countries in Western Europe.

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    The danger of residence in a dangerous place

    by Evardo Updated Jul 17, 2012

    When you rent an apartment in the Ukrainian town or city, you can not warn about the dangers of the location of these apartments. For example, it is possible that next to your hotel or apartment is the territory of the former or existing chemical plant (one of the striking examples is the territory of the factory "Radical" in one of the urban areas of Kiev: in the aftermath of ownerless relation to storage of dangerous chemicals substances , from the plant were shipped about 120 tons of mercury and a host of other harmful substances, according to various estimates on the territory of the plant is still about 200 tons of mercury ). It is also possible that the construction and other decoration materials of your room, apartment or office has been made from contaminated X-ray emitting wood, metal, etc. (this may be due to the proximity of Chernobyl or poor quality control of imported and manufactured building materials). There is a local site (www.danger.in.ua) using the service which the user can check the potential place of his trip to Ukraine for the dangerous and environmentally hazardous facilities.

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  • BEWARE OF UKRAINIAN ROAD POLICE!!!

    by skogkatten Written Mar 24, 2012

    i am traveling by car to Ukraine in the summer, found good article... waytoukraine.com/en is a site, there were also pictures of real polis unifor and fake polis cars and bribes

    Try to set up your mind to the idea that every road policeman, that you will possibly meet on Ukrainian roads, is uneducated, selfish, suffering a complex of inferiority, armed individual, in the disguise of a policeman (let’s call him "bad guy”), whose only aim, when he comes out on the road, is to enrich his personal budget by way of mental pressing, extortion, threatening, cheating. Thinking like that you will be ready to protect yourself from his illegal actions. But when instead in front of you a totally different guy (gentlemen-like police officer ("good guy”), who stopped you to warn about a danger, that you will pass on the road ahead, or to offer any other assistance) arises – you will be amazed and drive away with a smile on your face, thinking something bad about me. I must confess, I have not met the good guy myself yet, but people tell that he exists.

    Now, there are several main rules, following which you will be able to minimize negative consequences of the rendezvous with the "bad guy” on the road.

    - Follow the traffic code at all times. This condition is very important but not sufficient to avoid meetings with policemen. To be ordered to stop by the "bad guy” you do not have to violate any rule. You just have to look like the person possessing a reasonable sum of money, which can possibly be extorted from you.
    and so on

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    Ecology Issue

    by hunterV Updated May 25, 2011

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    A lot of towns and cities suffer from a big amount of harmful substances in the atmosphere, land and water.
    Kryvyi Rih is the number one most polluted city in Ukraine where each resident has 634 kg of harmful substances in the atmosphere a year.
    Here is a short of list of other cities with very bad ecological situation:
    - Mariupol Donetsk region;
    - Burshtyn Ivano-Frankivsk region;
    - Luhansk;
    - Kurakhovo Donetsk region.

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