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What is the main spoken language in Kiev: Ukrainian or Russian?

TL;DR: as of 2016, it was Russian; its dominance is drastically decreasing nowadays; a foreigner who wants to speak on the streets of Kyiv should consider historical, political, and cultural aspects ...
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How fast is the free Wi-Fi at Kiev airport?

The Wi-Fi was surprisingly fast (6/6 Mbps, SpeedTest image below) and accessible reliably throughout the whole terminal. In 2017 it has also been comparably fast and reliable, with my friend ...
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Is the use of "Kiev" (or other Russian-based spelling) considered offensive in Ukraine?

You seem to be one of those who have approved the edit (unfortunately, the post has been vandalized by another user since then), so I guess (correct me if I'm wrong) this question's goal is primarily ...
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What is the main spoken language in Kiev: Ukrainian or Russian?

Someone told me most people mainly use Russian in everyday life and at home (which is what's relevant to this question), and Ukrainian in official contexts. Is this accurate? This is fully accurate. ...
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What is the main spoken language in Kiev: Ukrainian or Russian?

Both Ukrainian and Russian are commonly spoken in the city; approximately 75% of Kiev's population responded "Ukrainian" to the 2001 census question on their native language, roughly 25% ...
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Does Ukraine still stamp EU passports at Boryspil airport?

I travel though Boryspil quite a lot, sometimes I get a stamp, sometimes they ask if I need a stamp and I say no. Once or twice they seem to have forgotten to put a stamp. So seems a bit hit and miss.
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How fast is the free Wi-Fi at Kiev airport?

Its a bit hit and miss depending on where you sit. Sometimes it perfect, sometimes I have to reconnect every 2 minutes.
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Am I able to take a train from Moscow, Russia directly to Kiev, Ukraine given the current political situation?

If you're Russian: There is no problem to take a train right now, from Kiev to Moscow and vise versa. The problem is to get an ukranian visa, espesially for a men with suitable age for being in army. ...
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How to deal with racism at airport/airlines (Ukraine Airlines)?

First may I empathize with your position, as it is unfortunate that anybody should be treated in this way. I think if you wish to deal with racism, you must take a different approach in your home ...
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What is the main spoken language in Kiev: Ukrainian or Russian?

In Kiev and many other regions use of Ukrainian has been increasing and instruction in most schools is in Ukrainian. The percentage of people speaking Ukrainian "on the street" is about 30% in Kiev, ...
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Where in Kiev airport can I find power outlets?

I went through all floors of Terminal D and the only available plugs were in the domestic departures area (2nd floor), opposite the check-in desks. The outlets are under the "Telephones" sign, as well ...
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Does Ukraine still stamp EU passports at Boryspil airport?

I have not recently travelled to Ukraine so I cannot provide relevant personal experience, but there seems to be no formal policy of not stamping. The Border Service of the country still mentions an ...
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Is the use of "Kiev" (or other Russian-based spelling) considered offensive in Ukraine?

Googling for "kiev" site:.ua vs. "kyiv" site:.ua shows that both options coexist peacefully. Most Ukrainians are not proficient English speakers and don't really care about minor intricacies of ...
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Am I able to take a train from Moscow, Russia directly to Kiev, Ukraine given the current political situation?

There are a lot of trains between Moscow and Kiev, you can check them Russian Railways Passenger Information (if the link out of date, try their home page). I didn't hear about real problems vith ...
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International-to-domestic transfer at Kiev Borispyl

My wife has done this particular one several times. And you will be going through passport control in Kyiv at arrival from London. But if you prefer you can look at the site of Borispyl's airport site:...
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What is the main spoken language in Kiev: Ukrainian or Russian?

From my three visits to Ukraine from Australia, I have found that in Kharkiv within Ukraine, everyone spoke Russian. When I asked various people if they spoke Ukrainian, I was amused that half of the ...
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How to deal with racism at airport/airlines (Ukraine Airlines)?

Unfortunately, racial discrimination is an extremely widespread problem. Nonetheless, various channels do exist that are supposed to address issues like the one you describe: Business: Complain to ...
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Do I need a transit visa for Ukraine for a layover of 22 hours?

A visa is not required to stay in the transit zone: A visa is not required to transit through the Ukraine. The traveler must be in possession of a passport valid for 6 months beyond travel dates, a ...
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Is the use of "Kiev" (or other Russian-based spelling) considered offensive in Ukraine?

"Kiev" is the only one I use living in Ukraine because the life around takes place in Russian except rare cases where the government roughly forces us to use Ukrainian. It is just my example though, ...
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What is the main spoken language in Kiev: Ukrainian or Russian?

My experience in late 2017 as someone who speaks neither language: learn the basic words/phrases in both. Start with Ukrainian and let the other person reply in their preferred language. No one was ...
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Can you transfer from Ukraine International airlines to British Airways at Kiev-Boryspil without clearing immigration (only hand luggage)?

Flights on UIA (PS) from TBS land at terminal D. Flights on BA to LHR depart from terminal D. PS and BA do have an interlining agreement*, so it should be possible to buy this as a single ticket. As ...
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