Why Ukraine is a Popular Destination and Cultural influence in Europe

Why Ukraine is a Popular Destination and Cultural influence in Europe



I have lived with a loved one in Ukraine Kyiv, traveled to lviv and experienced a unique heritage, culture, family values, opera, church and its magnificent structures, many i could list here.


Odessa on the east is Very Stayed yet with incredible history and places of interest,the dockyard of a once thriving  economy still exists and running, entertainment, nightlife and beaches all make it a worthwhile visit.

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Odessa, ukraine city

Opera house like no other with excellent performances for all to appreciate and enjoy,  Quintessential Eastern style gothic buildings and russian influences are only too real but impressive

The people are grounded, and once they know you are friendly, but i wouldn’t say generally outward happy or helpful, particularity in Kyiv, Lviv is more European with more English speaking locals and better attitude all round


My girlfriend a Ukrainian from Kyiv with a PHD in psychology, she also reflects this difference in social behavior


The political contenders were debatable at best giving a showman instead of a businessman previously, so a kind of trial and error scenario


There is a kind of aggression of Ukrainians by their Russian counterparts, perhaps at government and political levels, but you can see more Russians there than anywhere else in eastern Europe why?

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Women, corruption, subversive control, prostitution, business, legitimate or otherwise


I admire the country, it’s tough and turbulent history, it has see some of the most atrocious wars [Germany] [Russia] with countless tolls of dead and suffering, going back in ancient times of the Czars and the church, monks and priests too have suffered in the hands of tyranny, monastery perceska larva, holds some of those.

This was a severe eye-opener to me as i was introduced time after time to the suffering the country has endured for hundreds of years.

Coming back to current time, what i have seen and witnessed with my very own eyes are….

KYIV 1:video


Foreign men arriving there by the droves for one night stands, weekends of sexual pleasures, Christmas time throngs of middle eastern and Arabic are wandering around squares and events with flowers and cheap leather jackets pursuing women randomly and being deflected like a flea market


My first visit to Ukraine was this apartment


Apartment Good: I Couldn’t fault it

 Standards are acceptable in hotels and restaurants though the menu may somes look like going to school dinner arrangement with many menu items being measured or weighed for value to price, the better more lavish restaurants are of course upmarket and reflect the prices


Living is relatively cheaper in comparison to what other countries pay for hotels and food here it is relatively good value for money, though you better be ready to tip 10% at just about every establishment you visit to sit or eat.


In my experience of Ukraine Kyiv, you get a very business-like approach to dining perhaps because of the language barrier, when confronted with a foreigner, many ukrainians don’t openly appear warm and approachable there is a Peculiar, yet certain seriousness on their faces, this unfortunately doesn’t always put them in good light


Having said that, in cases i have encountered with them, i managed to negotiate that aspect and in many instances see past the facial expressions, when this happened i assure you things can be better and you may see the other side of the person

Educational Institutes and Universities




Ukrainian men are averse to foreigners walking around hand in hand or seemingly happily with their women,i was told it was a insult to them and the women that are with these foreign men are cheap. so be safe if you travel at night, in not so popular SOCIAL places


I found myself researching the cities and histories in more debt, leading me to these best books [after many others] the scope of information and travel guide info was astonishing
My 3rd and following visits were much more enjoyable and less challenging, with time saving and excursion to sites like Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant


Lonely Planet Ukraine (Travel Guide)

Paperback – 13 July 2018

Lonely Planet (Authors), Marc Di Duca, Greg Bloom, Leonid Ragozin

4.5 out of 5 stars 42 ratings

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The Perfect Choice: Lonely Planet’s Ukraine is our most comprehensive guide to Ukraine, and is designed to immerse you in the culture and help you discover the best sights and get off the beaten track.

Lonely Planet’s Ukraine is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Sip morning coffee in Lviv’s cosy cafes, hike the flower-filled upland pastures and wide, snaking valleys of the Carpathian Mountains, and take a guided tour of Chernobyl – all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of Ukraine and begin your journey now!

Inside Lonely Planet’s Ukraine:

  • Colour maps and images throughout
  • Highlights and itineraries help you tailor your trip to your personal needs and interests
  • Insider tips to save time and money and get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots
  • Essential info at your fingertips – hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, prices
  • Honest reviews for all budgets – eating, sleeping, sightseeing, going out, shopping, hidden gems that most guidebooks miss
  • Cultural insights provide a richer, more rewarding travel experience – covering history, people, music, arts, landscapes, wildlife, cuisine, politics
  • Covers Kyiv, Central Ukraine, Lviv & Western Ukraine, The Carpathians, Southern Ukraine, Crimea, Eastern Ukraine



Ukraine: Europe’s Best-Kept Secret:

An Insider’s Guide Paperback – 9 Dec. 2016


Best tourist tips to prepare you for a trip to Ukraine and provides insight into the culture and way of life. Having lived in Ukraine for almost 10 years, the author offers a concise, easy-to-read insider’s travel and living guide with practical advice for enhancing your stay.

  • Part I introduces you to many of the delights the country has to offer
  • Part II contains city guides for Lviv and Kyiv, with helpful information on tourist attractions, entertainment options, places to eat, unique Ukrainian experiences and family-friendly activities.

Those planning to stay longer,

  • Part III offers practical advice on medical facilities, best places to shop, local transportation, tips on meeting locals, getting to know the Ukrainian way of life and much more.


Summary                 ~~

I for one will revisit when the time is right and hopefully things has improved, it is a beautiful country and ultimate experience

When you consider Ukraine is the Centerpiece of Eastern European countries, also deemed the Greenest in Europe and its splendid architectural values

KVIV 2: video

Discussions on Ukraine and its turmoil history

  • Q. Russia and Ukraine continue a feud, does Ukraine hold similar memories of German atrocities in Kyiv’s history? What is Ukrainians attitude to Germany now?

Roman Podolyan

1977-born Soviet Ukrainian from Kiev, have friends in Russia

Ukraine is divided and different. It hit social networks and media just yesterday that scandalous Lviv TV person Ostap Drozdov hates Ukraine (yes, you read it right) because Ukraine does not want to be anti-Russian like him.


While anti-Russian persons dominate political landscape with the current regime, majority of Ukrainians are not eager to support that.


One pro-Western and nationalist activist spoke years ago about “3 Ukraines”. Sociologists typically divide Ukraine into 4 areas: West, Center, South and East. There are differences between the regions, but also within them.


For every imaginary political topic you bet that polled in West are most anti-Russian, and polled in East are least anti-Russian.


South is closer to the East. Center is divided between East-Center and West-Center. But none of the 3 except West are that anti-Russian, and even people from West go for jobs in Russia. It is estimated that like 3 million of Ukrainians are employed in Russia.


On the memory people are divided as well. West is most supportive of Ukrainian nationalists, who collaborated with Nazis, and because of that the Western Ukrainians speak less about German atrocities.


Nationalists in Western cities conduct parades in honor of Waffen SS Nazi collaborators. There is a memorial to Waffen SS Galizien in Lviv. Center is mixed, there are both nationalist and anti-nationalist people here.


Eastern and Southern masses are considered rather pro-Soviet, that is they know about German atrocities against population and partisans, but there are some Ukrainian nationalists there as well.


The attitude to contemporary Germans is okay. Two Ukrainian women I knew married Germans, and I think one more is going to. But for majority it is important to distance themselves from anyone and anything approving Reich and Nazi collaborators.



Historically speaking and Russia and Ukraine have never concluded on the Crimea and black sea area, only a few years ago a Ukraine fishing vessel was attacked by Surface artillery, the upshot of that was Russia claims the vessel was spying or entering territorial waters of the black sea estuary. The debacle still goes to this day

Why does Ukraine oppose Russia so intensely?


Well, because western-Ukraine identity was created as anti-Russia back in the 19th century.

Now those people from West Ukraine have full power in Ukraine and enforced even their dialect (“Галицкая гвара”, transliterates to Galitskaya gvara) as the only language throughout the whole country. But Gallup studies (back around 2010) showed that about 80% of population preferred Russian language in communications.


All of that – despite enforcing Ukrainian language in Ukrainian SSR throughout the whole 20th century, and reckless anti-Russian propaganda since 1991.


I still remember visiting Crimea back in 1987 and seeing only books and journals in Ukrainian on the shelves. I was a 7 y.o. child back then and was really surprised, like “what the hell, I know history, Crimea is Russian, who needs those books!!!”.


And, of course, you would never hear Ukrainian in Crimea back then, except probably from some tourist born in Western Ukraine coming to the Black Sea during holidays. Because Crimea, same as Eastern Ukraine, were indeed always Russian.


Now, how you would hold all those people from joining Russia? Only by force and anti-Russian politics and propaganda.


If Ukraine stops being anti-Russian, they would submit to being Russian.

I’d suggest you to look up for videos from Crimea in 1991–1994. People really wanted to separate from Ukraine and join back to Russia.


Ukrainians unleashed their armed nationalist bands from Western Ukraine into Crimea to subdue the protesters. And, despite this violence, Ukraine was forced to accept the “Autonomous Republic of Crimea” in constitution of their “unitary Ukraine” in 1994.

Review this screenshot from Google! If this is not censorship, what is censorship?

Russia crimea ukraine

Russia crimea ukraine

 PS: Yet, “Crimea 1991” search produces more related results.

But hurry up, as the censorship in Youtube & Facebook & Google is gradually enforced, it would be way harder to find the evidences in next year or two.

My quick search resulted in this sinopsis: The Crimean Referendums of 1991 and 1994