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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.
Johnson asks: How difficult is it and how much does it cost for a local to travel from Lugansk to Kiev? Does it require a permission and how expensive is that?
Expert's answer:

People living in the conflict zone, including Lugansk, can leave it but they need to get special passes. They are issued for free online. There are regular buses running from Lugansk to Kyiv, the price is about 20-30 USD.

As we receive a lot of similar requests, our advice is not to send any help to a person in Ukraine, especially in the Donetsk and Lugansk regions, 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 this person in Ukraine). Otherwise you are doing it on your risk.

Larry asks: I am traveling from Kiev to Lugansk. Which is safer and more comfortable the train or the bus or a better way? How safe is this town now? Will be there in September.
Expert's answer:
As of September 2018, Lugansk is not under control of Ukrainian officials, so visiting it requires a special permission issued by the Security Service of Ukraine, and it is unlikely they will easily give one to a foreigner. Also it is very risky to go there, especially for foreigners, as it is a "grey zone" where everything can happen. So I would not recommend even trying to go there.
Chris asks:

Hi, I had been corresponding with a girl from the Donetsk region for a couple of weeks who I met on a dating site. She is widowed with a kid. She had been really nice and then the subject turned to us meeting. She wanted to come to my country. So she hit me up for 500 USD for international passport and visas.

She refuses to communicate by skype or video phone or even send me a real time photo saying she doesn't have access to skype or a phone on her camera which I find very hard to believe.

Anyway, I have had second thoughts about sending her the money and now she has become real aggressive and saying I should be a man and decide on us having real relations and that she doesn't just want to communicate via viber. It did seems a bit sudden about wanting to meet with me and now she has gone from nice to bitter. Does it show the signs of a scammer to you? Thanks for your opinion.

Expert's answer:
Yes, everything looks like it's not a real person and the main goal is to lure as much money from you as possible. All the points listed by you are very typical for such situations: refusing to identify "herself", asking for amounts of money much larger than the documents actually cost, different styles of behavior depending on the situation, etc. So you should be very careful and don't send anything.
Ali asks: Hello, is it possible for a person that was born in Ukraine to an Ukrainian mother but living after that abroad (after the age of 6 months), to obtain the Ukrainian Nationality from the Ukrainian Embassy at the country where he lives? Thank you.
Expert's answer:
The child remains a citizen of Ukraine until reaching adulthood (18 years). You should contact the local embassy of Ukraine for more information, if you need some documents.
Gene asks: I've been emailing a girl in this town of Alchevsk. She says she loves in a pretty volatile area... She hasn't asked for any help yet but can you suggest any way I can actually find out if she is a real person or am I being "groomed" for sending money?
Expert's answer:
As of August 2018, Alchevsk is not under control of Ukrainian officials, so you can't go there. The first step is to offer this person to communicate via something like Skype with a webcam turned on. Internet is still available in this area so it should not be a problem. After several such talks you can offer to meet in such large cities as Kyiv or Kharkiv and it will be the final check. Locals can leave the conflict zone, passes are issued for free, there are regular buses available.
June asks: How far away is Kyiv from the unrest in Eastern Ukraine?
Expert's answer:
The border of the conflict zone is located about 700 km southeast of Kyiv.
Anna asks: Hi, I have been working abroad for the last six years. My international Ukrainian passport is valid but my internal one isn't. I need to go back to Ukraine next week. Will I run into any problems when crossing the border in Ukraine or can I just use my international passport? Thanks!
Expert's answer:
If you have a valid Ukrainian international passport, then you won't have any problems entering the country. Still while in Ukraine you should better update your internal passport, get a new ID card.

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