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Buddhika Bandara asks: Hi. I would like to ask if I study in Ukraine, can I apply for citizenship or permanent residence? If possible, how long I need to stay in Ukraine?
Expert's answer:
One of the requirements of obtaining Ukrainian citizenship is that you "must legally reside on the territory of Ukraine continuously during the past five years", more info on the site of the Migration Service of Ukraine.
Paola asks: What is the cost to travel from Makeevka to Kiev?
Expert's answer:
As of November 2018, there are regular buses running from nearby Donetsk to Kyiv, the trip takes about 15 hours and the cost of the ticket is 700 Hryvnias (about 25 USD).
albert asks: Is it possible for an Ukrainian citizen living in the war zone (Lugansk or Donetsk) to get a bio-metric passport and if yes how much should he/she pay for it?
Expert's answer:
All official Ukrainian documents like a bio-metric international passport are not issued there, locals have to go to nearby cities, for example, to Kharkiv or even Kyiv. There are regular buses available. Passes to leave/enter the conflict zone are issued for free online. The price of a bio-metric international passport in Ukraine is about 20-30 USD and it takes 7-20 days to get one.
Jonathan asks: Can I get a Ukraine passport as my grandfather was born there?
Expert's answer:
You have the right to acquire Ukrainian citizenship but as Ukraine doesn't recognize double citizenship one of the requirements is to terminate your current citizenship. I doubt you would like to do it. More info on the site of the Migration Service of Ukraine.
Anna asks: My international Ukrainian passport will expire on December 23.Can I go back to Ukraine on November 7 to renew my passport or it's too late and I will need to go to embassy in U.S?
Expert's answer:
You can enter Ukraine while your passport is valid without any problems. But keep in mind that the process may take up to 1 month. So I think it would be safer to get a new passport via the embassy, it won't be faster but you won't stuck in Ukraine without a way to leave it. Contact the closest Ukrainian consulate in the US to get more info about the process.
Anna asks: My Ukrainian passport will expire in December. Should I renew my Ukrainian passport or wait till July and get US citizenship. Then go Ukraine with US passport to visit my family or I will get in trouble?
Expert's answer:
I think that it would be better for you to get a new Ukrainian passport just in case. For example, if you suddenly need to go to Ukraine until July. As a citizen of the United States after obtaining citizenship, you will be able to travel to Ukraine without any problems and without your Ukrainian foreign passport. Although Ukraine will still consider you as a citizen of Ukraine as dual citizenship is still not recognized but not punished either.
Naresh asks: What is the distance between Berdyansk and the Russian border?
Expert's answer:
The Ukrainian-Russian border is located about 150 km east of Berdyansk.
Yelena S asks: If my children were included in my old Ukranian passport, when I renew it, will they be automatically included in the new one?
Expert's answer:
You probably mean an international Ukrainian passport. Today, the practice of adding information about children in parents' international passports is no longer carried out. For travel abroad, special international passports for children are issued in Ukraine.
Brian asks: How close is the fighting of the war? I heard it's in the fields outside of Konstantinovka. Does the city have very many power interruptions?
Expert's answer:

It is true that Konstantinovka, as of September 2018, is located near the front line, but the distance to it is about 25-30 km, so it can't be said that the fighting is on the outskirts of the city. Konstantinovka has problems with water supply, but there are no significant problems with electricity, interruptions are possible in winter with increasing load on the electricity grid.

As we receive a lot of similar requests, our advice is not to send any help to a person in Ukraine before you are absolutely sure that this person is real (at least talk to this person several times via Skype with a webcam turned on or better meet the person in Ukraine, in Kyiv, for example). Otherwise you are doing it on your risk.

FARES asks: Hi, my Ukrainian passport was lost, I am living out of Ukraine meantime. How can I get a new passport instead the lost one and what are the documents requested plz?
Expert's answer:
You should go to the embassy/consulate of Ukraine in the country of your current residence to get all the details about the process of obtaining a new passport.

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