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Rob asks: Travel to Kiev, today's date Jan 27th, 2015. The present situation in Ukraine seems to be escalating. What is the real truth on a trip to Kiev would this be sheer insanity or would one feel safe given the events that that have occurred of the last two weeks?
Expert's answer:
It is safe to travel to Kiev or other Ukrainian cities except the ones located close to the war zone (Donetsk and Lugansk regions).
Octavio asks: To reach Lutsk: is it better to fly from Paris to Warsaw and then going by train or bus to Lutsk?
Expert's answer:
There are no trains running from Warsaw to Lutsk, only buses are available. I have found the following timetable of buses running from Warsaw to Lutsk. You can use this service to translate sites from Russian or Ukrainian.
harry asks: Boryspil International Airport - how far is the airport from fighting going on now?
Expert's answer:
The distance from Boryspil to Lugansk is about 790 km, from Boryspil to Donetsk - 660 km.
ron asks: Does my Ukrainian girlfriend need visa to Philippine? Thank you!
Expert's answer:
Yes, Ukrainian citizens need a visa to visit Philippines. This article with some contact of the embassy will probably be useful. You can use this service if you want to translate sites from Russian/Ukrainian.
Yury asks: Where is school #13 in Vinnitsa?
Expert's answer:
I have found the site of Vinnitsa school #13. The address is Karl Marx Street, 1. The contact email is sch13@ukr.net You can use this service to translate sites from Russian or Ukrainian.
Kym asks:

Hi! A friend and I are looking to travel to Ukraine (particulary Chernobyl) late March/early April this year.

Do we need a tourist visa? We will only be there for around four days? (we are travelling on Australian and NZ passports).

Also, can you please advise us on the cheapest way of travelling to/from Poland? Thanks for your help :)

Expert's answer:
Citizens of Australia and New Zealand need a visa to visit Ukraine. You can find the official info on the site of the embassy. Some info about tours to Chernobyl. The timetable of Kiev-Warsaw buses/trains/planes. The train ticket price is about 20-30 USD. You can use this service to translate sites from Russian.
Mark asks: My wife is Ukrainian, her Int'l Passport expires in 05-2015, can she renew it in the US?
Expert's answer:
You should contact the consular office of the embassy of Ukraine to the US to get the latest info about this issue.
Nastya asks: I applied for a Ukrainian passport in November 2013 and as at January 2014 have still not received it. My mother is Ukrainian and has been writing to the Embassy for information on the progress of my passport, but there's no news. What do I do?? Just keep on waiting?
Expert's answer:
I think, you can wait a little longer, at least until the end of January, because the end of December and the beginning of January is usually not the most productive time of the year, a lot of people celebrate holidays, paperwork increases etc. Of course, you should continue to be in touch with the embassy.
Ester asks: Hi, I was always very curious to visit Ukraine and Crimea. Is it safe to visit Kharkov now? Is there any war tension?
Expert's answer:
It is not a good idea to visit Crimea now. As for Kharkov, it is pretty safe to visit it. The conflict zone lies further on the south-east (in more than 300 km from Kharkov).
john morgan asks: I have tried to answer my friend in Donetsk who sent me an email for xmas, the email was rejected for reason address not found by mail.ru. Her email is correct I know because I have used it in the past successfully. What do you think is the problem?
Expert's answer:
I would try to send the email again, double check the email address. If everything is correct and exactly the same as before, and the email is not delivered, then probably the owner of the email has deleted it.

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