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Micki asks: Ukraine measures 603,7 thousand square km, how many square miles is that, and how many square miles is Moldova and Belarus?
Expert's answer:
The total area of Ukraine (land+water) is 233,000 square miles, Belarus - 80,200, Moldova - 13,068.
Vikki asks:

Hi, both myself and my son hold Australian and Ukrainian passports. My son was born in Australia and his father is Australian. We reside in Australia. I applied for his Ukrainian citizenship shortly after his birth as I am also Ukrainian and have a family back in Ukraine.

Two years ago I renewed our Ukrainian passports and we now both have biometrical passports. I am planning to go back to Ukraine to visit my family in July and am hoping for a stress free border crossing at Boryspol airport. Last time I traveled to Ukraine in 2017 we got stranded at the border control on the way back as the authorities needed my son father's permission for him to leave the country.

According to their laws he is Ukrainian and needs the other parent's permission when leaving Ukraine. The border control officer called out another officer and they nearly had a concilium there to solve this problem. They eventually let us go .... What can I do next time to avoid this painful process? Can you help?

Expert's answer:
I have found the following. A child who is a citizen of Ukraine has the right to leave Ukraine without the father's consent if the father is a foreigner or a stateless person and is not in the database at the checkpoint. So you should immediately mention this fact when passing control. More info about this issue.
Moataz asks: Does the Ukrainian people need to show the customs in the airport that they own 500$ to travel to Egypt?
Expert's answer:
I could not find any official documents regarding the issue asked.
Akeem asks: I came to Ukraine legally to study, but unfortunately had financial problem which took me out of school for the past 2 years. Since then I have been living in Ukraine illegally but now I want to go back to school. What can I do?
Expert's answer:
I think you should ask your question to the specialists - Ukrainian lawyers, I have found the following site offering numerous contacts of Ukrainian lawyers and law firms. It is on Russian language but you can translate it by using the following service.
Michael asks: I am going from Texas to Kiev. Do I need special plug for computer charger etc. and if so what kind electric outlet, thanks.
Expert's answer:
If your computer supports both 110 (US standard) and 220 (Ukrainian standard) Volts you just need to buy an adapter. If it supports only 110 Volts (which is more possible for a computer made for US customers) you will need to buy transformer 110 to 220 Volts (the cost is about 10-20 USD).
Patti asks: How many regions are in Ukraine?
Expert's answer:
Ukraine consists of 24 oblasts (regions), Autonomous Republic of Crimea and 2 cities of country importance (Kiev and Sevastopol having equal rights with oblasts).
Michael asks: What are the largest cities in Ukraine?
Expert's answer:
Top 5 Ukraine cities by population:
1. Kiev (2,600,000)
2. Kharkiv (1,471,000)
3. Dnipropetrovsk (1,065,000)
4. Odessa (1,029,000)
5. Donetsk (1,016,000)
chris asks: What is Ukraine's second largest city?
Expert's answer:
The Ukraine's second largest city after Kiev (2 679 652) is Kharkov (1 461 000). The third one is Dnepropetrovsk (1 039 000).
Visitor asks: I want to send SMS message to Ukraine. What should I do?
Expert's answer:
You can use the following English friendly service–Send SMS – Kyivstar.
Visitor asks: What is correct «Ukraine» or «the Ukraine»?
Expert's answer:
There is such question whether it is correct in political or cultural way to refer to Ukraine as «Ukraine» or «the Ukraine». Answer: «the Ukraine» is incorrect while «Ukraine» is correct.

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