Ukraine Warnings and Dangers

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Ukraine Warnings and Dangers

  • Any currency exchanged, as long as it's...

    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,...

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  • 0n the border...

    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 &...

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  • 'moodoshlyopi'

    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, &...

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  • DOGS...(& dumps!)

    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...

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  • Standing out in a crowd...

    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...

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  • Hitching a ride...

    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',...

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  • Mushrooming...

    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...

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  • Cyrillic italics...

    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 &...

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  • Alcoholism

    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...

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  • The danger of residence in a dangerous...

    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...

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  • BEWARE OF UKRAINIAN ROAD POLICE!!!

    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,...

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  • Ecology Issue

    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;-...

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  • Health Warnings

    I am sorry to say tuberculosis has become widespread in Ukraine of late.Also, we have lots of cases of HIV, diseases of alimentary canal, etc.There is also potentionally dangerous food: vodka or brandy from kiosks that can be poisonous. We keep hearing the news of exposing more and more underground shops for distilling vodka. God knows what...

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  • electric shocks...

    1 of the first things a westerner will notice after crossing the border into Ukraine, are that the poles bearing telegraph & electricity cables are only about half the height of those throughout western Europe. An interesting feature of which, are the nests of storks, built at the top of the pole...In the cities, power cables are strewn between...

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  • Ukrainian Roads...

    According to the Ukrainian State Road Service about 85% of Ukrainian roads do not meet the requirements of security standards and are in need of repair that will cost a pretty penny... For example, the current repair of one kilimeter of an automobile road of the second class requires about 1.5 million UAH and its overhaul requires more than ten...

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  • Ukraina has zero-tolerance law.

    That tells all. Legally not a single drop of alcohol is allowed within 6-8 hours BEFORE you going to drive. No exceptions. Things can turn very ugly if caught by GAI (they are like State Troopers or CHP/NHP in the States).With satisfaction I did notice, Ukrainian waiters in restaurants won't even offer the driver any drink, unless explicitly asked...

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  • Diseases in Ukraine

    According to the official information the health rate of the Ukrainian population leaves much to be desired.To my deepest regret, there are lots of diseases.We do not feel them in our everyday life except the flu, of course. But we should be vigilant and have to observe safety precautions.Here is some data about the number of sick people in Ukraine...

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  • Crazy drivers!

    If you're going to Crimea to spand your vacation, please don't forget a big insuaranse pocket, as drivers there are really crazy!They drive fast without rules, and they bring 20 people when bus is for only 13 !!!

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  • Ukrainian Crime - (WWA) Walking While...

    I was stopped by a young Ukrainian policeman ostensibly checking foreigners for passports, under the guise of passport control. It was the middle of August in Independence square. He then told me how he only made fifty dollars a month and we would have to go down to the police station. He brought up his obviously tipsy older supervisor to assist in...

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  • Ukraine. Tickets Police Passports

    For people not used to bribing government officials I will recommend to take a train to Ukraine.It all starts just on the Polish and Ukrainian boarder. When you enter Ukraine it’s a sin not to put 10 (what ever you call there money “Hryvna” I think) in one of the passports you give to any person that asks for passports, especially the guy that sits...

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  • Beware of the Lost Money Scam

    Beware of scams near the Radisson SAS hotel and other tourist spots in Kiev. While on assignment in Kiev, I was taking a picture of an interesting building (see photo) when a man brushed past me, pointed down at the ground at a large wad of $100 bills in a plastic bag, and began asking me if the money was mine. I immediately left - neither talking...

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  • In general safe, dont come by own car

    In general Ukraine is quite a safe country for a normal tourist. Just use your common sense. I would not suggest to come with your own car.After my last visit my MasterCard was used in a fraudulent way in Ukraine - the card was obviously copied at the occasion of my two uses of it on this trip.

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  • Toilets

    The main problem with Ukraine or indeed Russia is that they lack proper toilets and then toilet paper. I have been to a few place that charge you for using the establishments loo, and a friend of mine had a decent jacket ruined by the bleach that was used to wipe/clean the loo walls with.. and for a few UAH more you can use the 'bar of soap' or...

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  • Corrupt policemen

    You have to be prepared to confront with the corrupt policemen. They will all try to get some "tips" from you. I didn't need a visa and they knew it, but they asked me to give them some money for some insensible reasons. I read about this before, so I was prepared. This could happen at border crossings or even on the street. Typically, they would...

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  • Guard your Valuables!

    Protect your passport, cash, travelers cheques, airline tickets, visas: A money belt and/or under the shirt, round-the-waist or round-the-neck passport wallet will protect these from pickpockets. Carry lots of cash from your own country, such as American dollars or British pounds. Americans: Carry One-dollar denomination bills for "tips" or to...

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  • Bad roads

    Driving on ukrainian roads is an adventure for itself. You are being constantly shaken as the car jumps over numerous holes. Not only is this ''unhealthy'' for the car, it's also stressful for the driver who has to be very concentrated not to overlook a hole and drive with ful speed into it. OK, there are sections of the road that are good, but you...

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  • BE CAREFULL drinking water,...

    BE CAREFULL drinking water, you should boil it before drinking or brushing your teeth!U can buy all kind of mineralwater in Ukraine.some taste really goodSome people do have a well in their garden or nearby, most of the time its fresh and cold as well. But they boil it as well before drinkingBE CAREFULL!Take good care of your passport and money!...

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  • Toilets in Ukraine

    Be prepared to use outhouses. Many village homes do not have flush toilets or even running water. Public restrooms can be frightening. Towns and villages may not even have any public toilets. Decent pay restrooms are becoming increasingly common in cities such as Ivano-Frankivsk. As in any city, the best way to find a clean restroom in a time of...

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  • Driving Habbits

    Speeding and risky overtakings are quite common on Ukrainian roads. Often it happends that a car or a truck is coming towards you (on your lane) flashing the headlights. Better slow down and get off the road if possible.

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  • Scammers and marriage business

    The weak standard of living, the number important of only women and the big proportion of pretty women in Ukraine, one brought little of the societies scrupulous to imagine a flourishing trade. These societies sell the young and pretty woman coordinates, and when you bought an option on about twenty these ladies, propose you a cruise or a stay in...

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  • Watch Out for Police Wanting Bribes!

    I found that often, the police in Ukraine try to get bribes from people, especially foreigners that they know have money. We noticed that the people in our group who obviously did not look like Ukrainians (such as one Korean guy) were constantly getting harrassed by the police, even though they had done nothing wrong. The police will try to make...

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  • Make Sure You Register!

    When you visit Ukraine, you are required to register where you are staying within two days of arriving (at least that was the law in 2000). Yes, this is all very communist, but I guess it takes time for these former Soviet countries to come out of the dark ages.My buddy and I make the mistake of thinking that when we checked into our hotel and they...

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  • Each region of Ukraine charges...

    Each region of Ukraine charges a certain amount of money for using their very BAD roads. For instance, in 1999 we had to pay 25 dollars to cross Odessa region. In 2001 we were supposed to pay 10 dollars to cross Kharkiv region. Why supposed? Because one can give only 5 dollars to a customs officer, he puts the money into his pocket and lets...

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  • Tickets in peak seasons: If...

    Tickets in peak seasons: If you wish to attempt such a desperate thing as to go to Ukraine (especially Crimea) in July/August and/or come back to Russia in late August/beginning of September, book your tickets well in advance. There's great shortage of them, despite all extra trains/planes provided during the peak season.

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  • CurrencyUkrainian sole...

    CurrencyUkrainian sole currency is gryvna (UAH). There are plenty exchange offices and nearly all of the exchange following currencies: EUR, USD and RUB (Russian rouble). The exchange rate is approx. EUR 1 = UAH 5 in June 2002. Many other currencies can be changed, but you may need some time to find a place.

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  • To make most of the trip it...

    To make most of the trip it would be advisable to study some Russian. In Ukraine less English is spoken than in Russia even it is part of the curriculum at schools. The official language is Ukrainian. However, even Ukrainian is the only language in schools, most people pay Russian better.

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  • I think the warning No.1 is...

    I think the warning No.1 is like everywhere - you must be careful at night and don't talk about politics as not everyone will be on your side and some people can get very agresive if they don't like your opinion...

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  • Customs....I think their motto...

    Customs....I think their motto is, Every day is a new day. In 17 visits to Ukraine in the last three years, I never know what to expect. There is really no danger, just a warning to not try to sneak any thing in or out of country, especially any thing over 50 years old.

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  • A new law in Ukraine...

    A new law in Ukraine supposedly requires all visiting foreigners to purchase Ukrainian medical insurance upon arrival at Boryspil Airport. Nobody approached me when I arrived, however, so I guess the law isn't really being enforced yet!

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  • UHZGOROD I was only here a...

    UHZGOROD I was only here a short while while our Aeroflot charter stopped to refuel on our way to Budapest. I snapped a few quick pics. This is the bridge accross the River Uhz on the way into town.

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  • You have to say 'Goog bye' to...

    You have to say 'Goog bye' to civilization. It is very difficult to find singboard in English. Don't hesitate to ask people. If they understand you, they'll explain you everything. Ukrainians are very nice and hospitable people, but not everybody speaks English. Russian are widely spoken in Crimea.

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  • Hutsul villagers are...

    Hutsul villagers are exceptionally friendly and hospitable people. However, as the case anywhere in Ukraine, some discretion is advised when traveling. Travel in groups of 3-4 people for safety. Traveling with a native Ukrainian is best.Be on the alert for con-artists that are very creative with schemes to get your money. Be especially cautious...

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