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Visitor requesting a cash advance to purchase airfare in-country. Legitimate or scam?

In a nutshell — scam. US embassy in Ukraine wouldn’t care who paid for flights tickets or if she even has fully booked flight tickets at the time of visa application. From personal experience ...
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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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Why do restaurants and cafes in Ukraine make a transaction on each food separately?

This is how they avoid taxes. In Ukraine, there's a special regulation for small businesses, called "Private Entrepreneur" (приватний підприємець or фізична особа-підприємець, abbreviated ПП ...
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Visitor requesting a cash advance to purchase airfare in-country. Legitimate or scam?

Absolutely untrue. This is a Ukranian "woman" supposedly applying for a visa to visit the US. The decision makers are US Immigration officials. While Ukranian government officials can be corrupt, ...
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What are the options of getting from Ukraine to Crimea (and vice versa) after 2014?

From the Ukrainian point of view, Russia illegally occupied the Ukrainian region of Crimea in 2014. As a result, transport options have been restricted from both the Ukrainian and the Russian side. In ...
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If I've visited Crimea, what country do I list on my customs declaration form?

You could simply list Russia(Crimea) as @gerrit had suggested but at the moment while not being recognized (by most) as part of Russia it's immigration and border control is administered by Russia: ...
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Visitor requesting a cash advance to purchase airfare in-country. Legitimate or scam?

First of all, Americans aren't exactly a beloved class of tourists, but we're definitely not generally suspected of terrorism by the Ukrainian government. Scammy claim. Now, the whole "airfare cannot ...
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Overstaying Ukrainian visa due to Coronavirus

It is, or will be in near future, a common problem in most countries that visiting foreigners are practically unable to leave although their visa or right to stay expires. Some countries have already ...
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Are there still any trains from Kiev to Crimea?

All trains to Crimea have been shutdown on December 27, 2014: From December 27, 2014 services to Crimea terminate at stations in Novooleksiyivka and Kherson. The measure is designed to ensure ...
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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 "White Schengen list"?

This is a literal, rather than idiomatic, translation. In Russian the text is "белым списком шенгена" which is probably better translated as "Schengen whitelist". This seems to be referring to ...
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How do I change a receipt for a train ticket in Ukraine into the actual ticket?

Yes, there will be. Generally Ukrainian train stations are open and have trains running 24/7, and every large train station in Ukraine has at least one Kassa open during 24/7 period. Chop is one of ...
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How is the land border between Poland and the Ukraine?

Actually, this border is pretty painless to cross (especially for residents of 'rich' countries). You can find estimated waiting times here. If anything, the return could take more time (never ...
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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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Which languages to brush up on for Ukraine trip?

Don't focus on either language because you are unlikely to achieve reasonable proficiency in either considering a few hours per week for a few weeks. What you should focus on is reading, especially ...
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When traveling in Ukraine, when is it appropriate to wear the traditional Vyshyvanka?

And the answer is: wear it whenever you feel like it, wherever you feel like it, and however you feel like wearing it Vyshivanka has become sort of a symbol of the latest Ukrainian revolution and ...
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Is there native cuisine that is typical for Western Ukraine/Galicia, but not for the rest of Ukraine?

There are plenty of them, but you'll hardly find much information unless you know Ukrainian:) Particularly, you can try following dishes: Banosh Gurka Pstrug (trout baked on grill) Rosivnytsa Kulish ...
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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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Why do restaurants and cafes in Ukraine make a transaction on each food separately?

The businesses have incentives to split checks because they are used to aggressive expense optimization. In Ukraine this has been an edge case, which outside viewer sees as inability of government to ...
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Is there a good way to get from Levoča to Lviv?

Yes, there is in fact a daily direct train from Spišská Nová Ves to Lviv: Itinerary found using the fantastic JizdniRady website.
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How does the 90/180 visa rule work for Ukraine?

According to Ukraine's Ministry of Foreign Affairs: From 9 September 2015 and on Ukraine's Border Guard Service officers shall be subtracting 180 days from the actual date a foreigner is entering/...
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Travelling outside the UK without a passport

As Ukraine is not in the EU https://www.gov.uk/eu-eea according to Timatic you need a passport to enter https://www.timaticweb2.com/integration/external?ref=d975cfc59f5c0abd06d16e872198110b&clear=...
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Can I travel to Belarus or Ukraine with a valid Russian visa?

No, and you should not generally expect countries to accept visas issued by other countries. Ukraine requires Syrian citizens to obtain a visa, which is, as usual, done at a Ukrainian embassy or ...
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If I've visited Crimea, what country do I list on my customs declaration form?

USA, as most of the international community does not recognise Crimea as other than a division of Ukraine you should include Ukraine in your list, where Russia is presumably going to feature anyway if ...
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Concrete building in Kharkiv

As this sign says: it will be "Nikolsky" trading and entertainment center (Ukr.: ТРЦ «Нікольський»). Location: 2, Pushkin street (Ukr.: вул. Пушкінська, 2). Here's its official site (...
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Will Ukraine let me in if they see I've been in Russia first?

There is no risk. Even Russian citizens are allowed to visit Ukraine, so why would somebody who has visited Russia be not allowed to enter the country?..
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I am going to Crimea from Russia. Will I be able to visit Ukraine later?

Yes, you are risking of being denied. However, the actual threat depends on who you are, what position you obtain, and what other crimes you have committed besides¹ the illegal entry. By 13 January ...
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Is there native cuisine that is typical for Western Ukraine/Galicia, but not for the rest of Ukraine?

Pliatsky is just another name for Deruny, which are pretty wide-spread in many regions of Ukraine such as Chernivtsi, Zhytomyr or Kyiv. Not that much in Luhansk, but definitely not limited to the ...
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Is it dangerous to camp in western Ukraine?

Western Ukraine is generally very safe. The region of Carpathian mountains is very touristy and attracts thousands of campers/hikers from all over the Central and Eastern Europe every year. Please be ...
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