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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 applying for US visa in Ukraine they cared very little about itinerary and flights. About any extra documents in general really, they have bit of everything-can-be-...


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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 for their choice of language. Long story. Russian was the most comprehensible language simply because almost all Ukrainian speakers are bilingual, unlike the ...


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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 or ФОП). They have simplified requirements as per bookkeeping, quarterly reports, and — most importantly — lowered taxes and/or flat tax rate (contrary to a ...


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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, they have no say. US immigration couldn't give a hoo-ha who pays for the airline tickets. Immigration wants to know whether the person's reason to visit ...


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For hotel rooms there is an easy solution: It is called the "hotel safe". Earnestly, do not store important valuables in hotel rooms. Even cheap hotels have very likely a cupboard which is under constant supervision at least at daytime. If you have a rented apartment you have another situation. Burglars and thieves have the following mindset: Break in as ...


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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 addition, it is now necessary to have a Russian visa (or visa-free passport) in order to access the Crimean territory. Flights In September 2015, all flights ...


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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: In March 2014, Russia occupied the Crimean Peninsula, which remains part of Ukraine notwithstanding Russia’s illegal military intervention. At this time the ...


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How did I miss this question?? I've done this! Before it was even considered 'touristy' (we had to apply to the Ukrainian government for permission in 2008). Now on the safety aspect, I was assured by my science teacher travel buddy and the scientists there that it's perfectly fine to go for a day. As for the radiation, apparently even spending a weekend ...


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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 be purchased by US person, must be purchased in Ukraine by person applying for the visa" part sounds reasonable for government bullcrap, but it's really just ...


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One of the most effective measures I use frequently when travelling is Kensington lock. It's very likely your laptop already has the appropriate slot, so you need to buy the chain and that's about it. I lock my laptop at any rented place I stay, even if it's a reputable hotel -- no need to take any chances. The cable should fit easily in your hand baggage. ...


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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 to confirm your original thought. "Is it offensive?" question seems to be subjective because it can't be measured. I would say yes, someone else would say no, ...


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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 countries whose nationals do not require a visa to travel to countries in the Schengen area, as this is what is happening for Ukraine, but neither this term or the ...


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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 the safety of railway traffic. Kyiv-Simferopol train No. 11-12, Kyiv-Sevastopol train No. 28-27, Kovel-Simferopol train No. 88/87, Lviv-Simferopol train No....


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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 the largest, and on the border. Thus they also must have some windows staffed by English speakers, but at 11pm they might not be there. Thus don't expect ...


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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 happened to me, crossed it twice as a Polish citizen) as inbound control to Schengen tends to be stricter. If you can, I'd highly recommend taking the train, as some ...


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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 place names. Both the Russian and Ukrainian alphabets are similar to each other and not very different from the Latin script that you are familiar with. Learn ...


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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 symbol of Ukraine's resistance, however, in its core it is a piece of clothing. There is historical significance to this but it has been mostly ignored by the ...


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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 Additonal sources: 1, 2 P.S. I made an accent on Hutsul cuisine, which is widely common to the South of Lviv (it is Ivano-Frankivsk, Chernivtsi and ...


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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% responded "Russian". According to a 2006 survey, Ukrainian is used at home by 23% of Kievans, 52% use Russian and 24% switch between both. In the 2003 ...


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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. Being in Kiev it is extremely rare to hear Ukrainian speech, even though a lot of the signs are in the official language. If you speak Russian it should be ...


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There is a lot of questions so let's start in order: You can book a tour online from Tour Kiev for example. They will all originate from Kiev since it's the closest major city. Yes. One of them is listed above and you can find plenty online. One thing I would suggest is not doing it at your own pace unless you know exactly how to operate within a high ...


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It appears that the requirements to import a cat to the U.S. may not be too onerous. The guidelines I have found for importing cats to the United States seem to indicate that they must simply be healthy; it appears there may be surprisingly little paperwork involved. I just called the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)'s Animal and Plant Health ...


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I actually remember on Netflix watching an episode of a TV show where these adventists actually spent 48 hours in Chernobyl. Turns out the town is so isolated that the people and camera crew actually had to transfer from a passenger train in the Ukrane and finish the rest of the commute in a freight train car for 48 hours from the main transit hub. From ...


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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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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/leaving Ukraine to see whether the 90-day limit has been exceeded. For instance, if a foreigner enters Ukraine on 9 September Border Guard Service officers ...


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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 collect taxes properly. So it is about taxes (it is a rule of thumb to follow the money, so it is about cutting seller expenses anyway), but not in the way ...


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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=true BRPs must be returned to the Home Office within 5 working days of getting your certificate of British citizenship, you can be fined up to £1,000 for not ...


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This is taken from the Wikipedia entry for Prypiat: The city of Chernobyl, a few kilometers south from Pripyat, has some accommodation including a hotel, many apartment buildings, and a local lodge, which are maintained as a permanent residence for watch-standing crew and tourists. Seems like at least there is a local effort to accomodate the few ...


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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 you have been living there.


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