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Victor asks: I am an american man, is it safe for me to travel to Luhansk?
Expert's answer:
It is definitely not safe to travel to Lugansk now (November 2014). The city is under control of the Lugansk People's Republic forces. The entire region is a war zone; clashes between the army of Ukraine and separatists happen all the time.
Micky asks: Is there a direct train that runs from Kiev to Vienna or Bratislava? If so where can tickets be purchased?
Expert's answer:
There are no direct trains running from Kiev to Vienna, but there is a number of flights available (from Borispol international airport located near Kiev). It is possible to go from Kiev to Bratislava by train, here is the timetable. You can use this service to translate sites from Russian.
Mario asks: How many hospitals in Rivne and what are the names?
Expert's answer:
The following list of Rivne hospitals will probably be useful. The list of Rivne medical centers. You can use this service to translate the sites from Ukrainian/Russian.
Will asks: How much does it cost for the train to Kiev from Kharkiv?
Expert's answer:
The price of the train ticket from Kharkiv to Kyiv is about 15-25 USD.
Amo asks: My student visa is going to expire on the 8th Nov 2014 and I am arriving in the Ukraine on the 7th Nov, please can i renew still?
Expert's answer:
While you still have time, you should try to renew it immediately (probably, in the embassy of Ukraine to your country). Otherwise, you will have some problems when entering the country.
Jacqie asks: How long from Zaporozhye to Pavlograd and how much does it cost and is there a train from Zaporozhye to Pavlograd?
Expert's answer:
The distance between Zaporozhye and Pavlograd is about 113 km. It takes about 1.5-2 hours to travel this distance by train, the ticket price is about 7-15 USD.
S M Nowacki asks: What would it cost by taxi / train from Nikopol to Kiev airport?
Expert's answer:
The cost of Nikopol-Kiev train ticket is about 10 USD, the cost of Kiev-Borispol airport bus ticket is about 2 USD.
Raymond asks: How far from Krasnodon to Kharkiv?
Expert's answer:
The distance from Kharkiv to Krasnodon is about 383 km.
Mike asks: My wife has a Swiss residence permit and will go back to Ukraine to do a new international passport cause will change the surname (she took mine). My question is: will the passport office leave her the old passport with previous surname?
Expert's answer:
She can retain her old passport if she writes an application for it when making a new one. The number will be cut and the passport will have a stamp "Cancelled".
Karin asks: I have just recently found out that my father was from Lugansk. Now with all the technology we have, I'm finally finding out something of my roots. I don't even know if he had any family. How would I even begin to track something like this.
Expert's answer:
You can check the following sites related to conducting genealogical research in Russia and Ukraine.

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