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Questions and answers:
Keith Jones asks: Where is the hospital in Bilhorod-Dnistroskiy?
guest asks: why isn't it common for Ukrainian females to shake hands with men and with each other?
Shaking hands is a form of greeting typical for men in Ukraine as well as in other countries of the former Soviet Union.
And since the level of emancipation of women in comparison with Western Europe and the United States is lower, this form of greeting is not common.
Shubham Kumar asks: How much time will it take to recover and new city life to setup there. I am from India. May God bless people of Pripyat city.
In the greater part of the exclusion zone, a relatively favorable radiation situation will be somewhere around 2040-2050. However, in the central part of the zone there are also toxic transuranium isotopes, the half-life of which is thousands of years. Thus, in the foreseeable future, people will not live permanently there.
Nour asks: How long can an international student stay in Ukraine after completing his/her study? (undergraduate degree)
Foreigners can stay until they have valid visas. To obtain a permanent residence permit, it is necessary to get a permission for immigration to Ukraine.
Nour asks: Hi, I am a lebanese citizen who is studying in Lebanon, my mother is ukrainian and we were told that if i go to ukraine (since i'm above 18) i would have to serve some time in the ukrainian army. is it true that i have to serve in the army once i get to ukraine ? and Thank You
If you are not a citizen of Ukraine, you of course don't have to serve in the army. Try to get in contact with the embassy of Ukraine in Lebanon
to get official info about the issue.
Margery asks: Hello, Ukraine Expert! Thank you for all your help thus far. Do you know of how to go about finding a short term (2-3 days) rental house or apartment in Sokal? Thank you.
Sokal is a small town, not a lot of apartments are available for rent. Here are three offers
Margery asks: In the future I would like to go to Ukraine as a volunteer. What kinds of opportunities exist for Canadians, such as a nurse or community volunteer, and is it possible to stay as long as one year? Thanks!
Pelin asks: Hello all! Does anyone know if the Lviv Opera Theater have performs in March? I can only see their February repertuar. But I will visit Lviv in March and I would like to learn if they have performances in March too. Just to be sure :))
Yes, you are right that there is no info about performances in March on the site of the Lviv Opera at the moment. I think that everything will be fine, and it will work as usual, I haven't found any news to the contrary. Just visit the site of the opera in the middle of February, it will likely be updated and the March performances will appear.
Cecil asks: Is it safe to travel from the USA to Severodonetsk, Lugansk, Ukraine presently?
Lugansk is not under control of Ukrainian officials now (December 2016). It is not recommended to visit it, especially for citizens of the US, because it is very risky. Severodonetsk is under Ukrainian control, but it is located near the front line, so the situation may deteriorate very quickly. In general, I would recommend to avoid visiting Donetsk and Lugansk regions at the moment. Other regions of Ukraine are relatively safe.
Kaze asks: Were there any casualties in the city during the chernobyl disaster?
Three people were killed immediately in the explosion at the station. In the first day after the accident, 31 people died of radiation sickness (firemen from Pripyat and station employees). The total number of victims is difficult to determine, the number is about 4,000 people (mainly liquidators of the accident at the station).
Lu asks: Would my letter to my aunt in Dniprodzershynsk have been delivered to her Matrosova address since the city name change? I have not had a reply in almost a year and am concerned due to health issues.
Thank you for any insight.
Changing the name of Dniprodzerzhynsk happened relatively recently, in May 2016, about 3 months ago. So if you sent her a letter a year ago, it was to be delivered long time ago, otherwise it was probably lost. Usually it takes several weeks to deliver a letter to Ukraine from almost any country. You can send her another one, this time use the new name of the city.
Tzilla Kratter asks: Has Mickiewicza street changed its name and how can I find it on the map?
Unfortuntely I haven't found any info about the current name of this street, only the following old photo of Mickiewicza Street in Brody
eugene asks: Is there a public russian banya at Pochaev?
Unfortunately I haven't found any information about a public russian banya in Pochaev.
lou asks: Is this area (Kramatorsk) under control of the Kiev government or the "rebels", i.e. is it safe to travel to it from Odessa.
Kramatorsk is under control of Ukrainian officials, but it is located relatively close to the conflict zone, so there are certain risks.
Timothy asks: Is it safe for Americans to travel to this city?
As of October 29, 2015, the city of Gorlovka is not under control of Ukrainian officials. That's why it is not recommended to visit it, because there are no guarantees of safety. This applies especially to foreigners.
Graham asks: How long can I keep my British vehicle in Ukraine?
You will be able to drive a car up to 10 days with the transit status.
Jennifer asks: Is there a street in Mariupol by the phonetic name of Baja or Baha. I would guess the language translation would be Baxa?
john asks: Can you find for me the email address for the village council for Lokhovo near Mukachevo or for its chairman of the board. Thanks
Andrew Barton asks: My wife and chil are to visit her mother who lives in Sumy in June. Is it safe to go there?
It is pretty safe to visit Sumy today. This region is located pretty far away from the conflict area.
Andrew asks: I noticed that there is an abandoned football stadium in Pripyat. Was there ever a team that played there before the Chernobyl nuclear accident in 1986?
Yes, there was a football team in Pripyat. You can find more information about it in the following article about "Stroitel" football team
based in Pripyat. This service
can be used to translate the page.
Rose asks: I have the zip code 68332. How do I find the city it goes to?
68332 is the postal code of Shevchenko village located in Odessa region. You can find more info about it in this article
. The following service
can be used to translate sites from Russian.
harry asks: Boryspil International Airport - how far is the airport from fighting going on now?
The distance from Boryspil to Lugansk is about 790 km, from Boryspil to Donetsk - 660 km.
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?
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.
Terry asks: I live in Chicago, my inner Ukrainian passport and international Ukrainian passport expired so as my green card. Just wonna get back to Ukraine, what kind of paperwork should I have get back to Ukraine?
Mario asks: How many hospitals in Rivne and what are the names?
Maxim asks: Hi, I was born in Ukraine in 1986 my family moved to Israel in 1989 and don't heave the Ukraine citizenship anymore. I am currently traveling in the United States and my question is how can I obtain an Ukraine citizenship and if I get it will I be qualified to get an E2 visa to the United States?
Tony asks: My brother is in a hospital, I believe in Lugansk. Should I call the embassy to find out where he is? A person called me but did not answer my questions, the hospital name and number! I'm worried he is in danger with a scammer 'girlfriend'!
Yes, you should contact the embassy as soon as possible in order to clear the situation.
Oksana asks: Hello, I have elderly grandfather in Ukraine, who is 86 years old. What process should I go through to bring him to the US. We have no relatives there, and he has a lot of age related medical issues.
peter asks: I attempting to find the phone number and address for the restaurant called Mezonin
I have found contacts of cafe "Mezonin" in Energodar. Address: Voinov Internatsionalistov Street, 4. Phone: +38 050 577 26 92.
I have a female friend in Kherson I have been writing to her for a long time. She told me that recently she got a job offer to work in Germany. I live in America, so I do not fully understand the concept of european union and non european union labor that well.
She told me that her female friend lives there in Germany already and has helped her to get a job, but she also told me that she is not sure where she will be living or working in Germany before she left to go.
My question is this: My friend cannot speak german, nor can she speak english. How is it possible for her to go and work in Germany? Does it sound honest? Seems a little off to me? She told me she would contact me once she is settled in, but has not done so yet? Curious? Thanks.
A lot of people from Ukraine, other countries of Eastern Europe prefer to go to Western Europe to get a job. Germany attracts a lot of these migrant workers. Usually people coming to work there have at least some knowledge of German or English and your situation is looking a bit suspicious.
But according to her story her friend helped her, so may be there is a company there with a lot of people speaking Russian/Ukrainian and they stay in a group and don't get in contact with locals. Anyway, it is a difficult task to find out if her story is true or fake.
nicolai, galati asks: I would like to get some info (history, description, web address) about Iverskiy Monastery in Odessa. Thanks in advance.
Paul asks: I am looking for a city called Zimogorie, Ukraine
Kate asks: My father passed away 23yrs ago he was born in Ukraine, I would love to visit his homeland, but unfortunatley I don't know the village he was born in, do you know where I can find this information.
If you know the region of Ukraine where he was born in, I can find the contacts of local archives. Otherwise, if there is no any additional info, I think it would be very difficult to find something.
komar asks: What is the price for one meter earth in Vinnitsa oblast please?
reed asks: How many movie theaters in Krivoy Rog, and where in the city are they located. Thanks
simeon asks: Could you please be so kind to tell me are there any good florists in Antratsyt Ukraine near to the wellbeing motel.Or just anywhere in the town. And what is the average cost of a taxi from Donetsk International Airport to Antratsyt ukraine.
The cost of Donetsk-Antratsyt taxi is about 450-500 Hryvnas (about 60 USD). I haven't found any contacts of local flower shops. Of course, there are plenty of online flower shops offering delivery to Antratsyt.
Marya asks: What are the opportunities for social and folk dance in Slavyansk?
I have found dance arts center in Slyavyansk, here are the contacts
the site of the center. You can use the following service
to translate the site from Russian.
jon asks: Is there a ministry of foreign affairs in Donetsk or just in Kiev? Where in Donetsk can i get my passport translated to Ukrainian?
There are offices
of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine in several regions of the country but not in Donetsk. I have found some contacts of Donetsk translation agencies (first
manish asks: Hello, I am from India, I have one question. My visa has been expired but I am stay in Ukraine without valid visa, I want to return my country but I afraid what I do tell me. How to get exit from Ukraine?
Kevin asks: I have met a young lady online in Lugansk and after reading what you have to say I do not feel it is a good idea to continue. I am from Australia and have a young 8 year old daughter. I like this lady and would like to meet her. Your thoughts please expert
If you are sure she is real (one of the indirect signs is that you have spoken with her using Skype, other similar services), and if you have some free time and money, you can try to meet her. The only advice I can give is not to send any help to person in Ukraine before you know the person is real. Also I think you can just go to Ukraine as a tourist, there are plenty of interesting places to see, and as additional quest you can meet her.
angel asks: Is it possible to rent a mail box at a post office and how to make it? thanks
Yes, it is possible, but you must go to local post office to clarify all the details, sign the lease, pay the fee. In 2012, the rent fee is about 10 USD per year.
william j roquett asks: Several questions about the US visa obtaining, airports, passports.
I wrote the reply to all your requests but the emails you provided are broken or wrong, if you give me the right one I will send the answers to you.
Asya asks: I am now a US Citizen and my mother is here visiting me from Sevastopol. I need to have her stay here for another year. I want to keep her apartment paid, so she doesn't lose her home. I don't have any other family members. How can I do this without coming back to the Ukraine?
You can try to contact Sevastopol real estate agencies
, may be they will give you advice or even be able to help you. This service
to translate the sites from Russian. The other way, and probably the easiest one, is if you/she contact (call) her neighbors and ask for help with this issue.
Larisa asks: What is the telephone number for police?
modesty asks: I am a rich student in Kharkiv, I study helicopter and airplane manufacturing, but I am a Nigerian, can I marry a Ukrainian lady, despite me being a Nigerian? Which city in Ukraine has the largest number of pretty girls? Please how much does it cost to rent a one-bedroom flat in Kiev and Odessa?
You can marry any Ukrainian girl you like of course if she agrees :) It is not a problem and there are no limitations. About the second question, may be it the "city of brides" - Nikolaev? But honestly there is no any statistics, you should visit the cities yourself to make your own opinion. The average cost is 400-700 USD per month in Kiev and 300-500 USD per month in Odessa.
Max asks: Do you have a town with a name like Krasevka close to Lviv? Thank you
May be you mean the following village located to the south of Lviv - Krasiv
Guy asks: Can I find one shopping center in Donetsk?
Eddie asks: I'm a black man and I'm thinking of visiting Lugansk. Is their anything I should know? Like will I be treated?
Lugansk city has a lot of students from various countries so local people in some way got used to meeting the people of different races. But still I would not recommend you to go for a walk alone in the evening/night time, not in the central parts of the city.
tamara asks: My family's last name is Makeev. Would this be the origin?
It is possible that it is related to Makeevka but not for sure because this last name has the origins in the distant past, here is a couple of articles about the origin of Makeev last name (article #1
and article #2
). This service
to translate from Russian.
Christian sima asks: My father came to France around 1930 after his mother get out from Soviet nationality his father should joined them after but he can't. We suspect he was part of Stalin purge. Can we have a way to investigate? Thanks
I think you should contact the organization "Memorial"
that helps to find the info about the victims of Soviet regime.
Aviva Patt asks: Are there any historic sites related to the Jewish community in Izmail?
kevin asks: What if any money requirements are needed to enter the country of Ukraine?
I have found the law of Ukraine
about the issue. There is the list of countries which citizens need to have some money to enter Ukraine. The following service
can be used to translate from Ukrainian.
Joe Adler asks: Does the old Jewish cemetery in Kalush still exist. The one from before world war II. If it does, what is a nearby street address? Thanks.
I have found several photos of this cemetery (photo #1
, photo #2
, photo #3
, photo #4
). Not sure about the current situation with it. Unfortunately I could not find the address.
Vania de Souza asks: What are de geographical coordinates of Khmelnitsky?
The coordinates of Khmelnitsky are 49 25' 12'' N, 27 0' 0'' E. The decimal coordinates are 49.42, 27.
lila asks: I would like to know how can I get any information about cemetery in Mariupol?
Fatima asks: What is the postcode for kvartal shevchenko, lugansk please?
The postal code is 91033.
richard asks: What is the yearly wage, is there English spoken?
The average yearly wage is about 4,000 USD. English is spoken mostly among the young people.
Craig asks: What is the postal code, please, for Kievsky Street in Donetsk, Ukraine?
I could not find the postal code of this street but the general postal code of Donetsk city (83000) will be enough to have the letter delivered if the address is correct.
Iryna asks: I am looking the phone N of the info service of the phone N in Zaporozye.
Unfortunately, we don't provide such services.
Roy asks: Hi. I have an address and a name that in Lugansk, what I want to know what region of Lugansk city is it in and the post code, how do you write the address for delivery the address is on Industrial'nyi Lane (side street) is there anywhere I can find this info?
You don't need to know the exact postal code of the street, just write the code of main postal office of the city, for Lugansk it is 91000. And the delivery address will be looking like: 91000 Ukraine, Luganskaya oblast, Lugansk city, Industrial'nyi Lane, #of the house, #of the apartment if there is any. And here is the map location of Lugansk city Industrial'nyi Lane
Jenny asks: Address of the main post office in Lugansk?
The address is Lugansk, Pyaterkina Str., 8. Contact phones: +38 (0642) 52-74-37, 52-24-31, 52-44-84.
Blackie asks: I would really like to find a spouse from Eastern Ukraine e.g Odessa. What is the best way I can contact ladies in order to find a life partner. I am really not interested in e-mail order brides since I have tried and only found my money swallowed up. I am more interested in joining a trip to Ukraine from Europe (But I am from Africa) or coming to a marriage symposium.
Unfortunately we have no such services and can't recommend you any company related to the issue. I think you can try to find the people who have already find their Ukrainian wife and ask for help and advice.
Paul asks: My grandmother emigrated to the US in 1930. Her passport lists her town as «Bonarievka». Do you know where that is?
I have checked for such town and the only mentioning is the village of Bonarievka or Bonarivka that was located in Poland. May be you should try to continue your research this way.
Mike asks: If I shipped a laptop to Kharkov, is there a duty that the receiver has to pay and is there a chart based on what it is worth?
Yes, if the cost of the package is higher than 200 Euro the receiver is paying the customs fee for it. Unfortunately I could not find the actual cost for the laptop.
James asks: I am looking for a long lost relative. Can you help me?
If you have the info about the place of birth/living of your relative I can offer you the contact info of the local archive to send the request.
Jeferson asks: Can you please erase the questions history and have only the recent ones? Please do us a favor , erase the old ones and let the last 2 months only, so that to facilitate info. Thank you for your understanding.
Thank you for your proposal. In near future the site will be completely reorganized and the questions and answers section will have much more usability.
Phillip asks: Where can I find Proektna street in Lutsk?
Unfortunately I could not find such street on the map of Lutsk city.
Visitor asks: Is there a travel service called «Travel service name here»? They are not being located. It needs to be confirmed that they exist. Your help is greatly appreciated.
We have no such services as checking if the info about people, companies, addresses in Ukraine is correct or not. All I can say that I couldn't find the info about the company you are asking about.
Ashraf asks: I met a girl from Lugansk, over the net, she is young and cute, I invited her to visit Egypt and will send her ticket, she asked me for 200 Euro which the cost to issue an international passport, is that true?
Unfortunately we have no such services as checking if the info about people, places in Ukraine is correct or not. All I can say that the cost of the passport varies greatly depending on the term you need to wait to receive it (we had several similar questions about Ukrainian international passport obtaining terms, costs before so you can check our answers for more info).
Terry asks: Need mailing address and phone number for «Name», who lives in Donetsk, Ukraine.
Unfortunately we have no such services as getting or checking the personal info of people living in Ukraine.
Tony asks: I am looking for a street sounds like, Svetscaya, or Vetscaya, Lugansk, Ukraine.
I think it is Sovetskaya street you are looking for. The current name of the street is Radyans'ka street.
Fons Dols asks: I am looking for family by the following name. Do you know anybody by that name or where I can get information? He came from the town of Kovel.
Unfortunately we have no services of getting the info about people in Ukraine but you may ask your question to the officials from Kovel city administration site
(contact email is firstname.lastname@example.org).
Daniel asks: The village of Stralajehwa near the city of Lvov, Ukraine what is it known today. It was known as Stralajehwa in 1918, this is spelled phonectically.
Unfortunately I could not find the info about the present name of this village or its current status.
Leo asks: I have lost track of a friend in Pavlograd. Her phone number is no longer current. Are there phone listings for Pavolgrad, so I can check for her new phone number. Thanks
There are various phone books of Pavlograd available online but all of them are on Russian language so I am not sure you can find them useful. Unfortunately from our side we have no such service as gathering information about people from Ukraine.
Joseph asks: Is there a street named (Krasnoflostkay in Donetsk)? Any details nearby boulevards or road names?
Yes, there is such street in Donetsk. On Ukrainian it is called Chervonoflots'ka Street. The street on Donetsk city map
Saro asks: I have a friend in Donestk, know her last name, lost her. Any tips? She lives 75 km away from the center of city.
Unfortunately we have no service of finding people in Ukraine or checking if the information they provide is correct. I think you should try to contact specialized detective agencies. All I can say is that if you have nothing more than just her last name it will be very difficult to find her because the last name you have mentioned is widely spread in Ukraine.
JW asks: How «safe» is going thru dating services to look for Ukraine women?
You should be very careful especially if you are asked for money for various purposes. There are a lot of frauds on this field. I think you should try to look for people who already have such experience and ask them for advice.
James asks: I wonder if there is a directory service to find cell/mobile phone number of a user in Ukraine?
Yes, there are some sites that have such info. But the service is not free and the ways they have acquired the information are illegal (so I won't give any links here). Also the majority of such sites are on Russian or Ukrainian languages only.
Franklin asks: What is the meaning of the Ukrainian name Svetlana?
Svetlana name is meaning light, bright, pure soul. And here are more Ukrainian girls names
maesie asks: I want to travel to Ivano-Frankivsk–Is there a local phone directory for Ivano-Frankivsk like white pages?
Dord.dido asks: What would an Ukraine citizen need complete (documents and others) in order to be eligible to marry an U.S.A. citizen and move to Puerto Rico (U.S. territory)?
Try to contact immigration lawyer Igor Geller I mentioned some questions ago. And be aware of scammers!