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Ukraine

Ukraine

Etymology

There are different hypotheses as to the etymology of the name Ukraine. According to the older and most widespread hypothesis, it means “borderland”, while more recently some linguistic studies claim a different meaning: “homeland” or “region, country”. [wikipedia]

Places to Meet People

Places to Meet People

Ciklum Ukraine/Belarus knowledge sharing community – Join our group to be in line with all our knowledge sharing activities in Ciklum Kyiv, Odesa, Kharkiv,  Dnipropetrovsk, Lviv, Vinnytsia and Minsk (Belarus)! [meetup]

Data Science UA – Team Data Science UA – organizer of a large-scale conference on Data Science. We gather the best experts of one of the most popular and sought-after IT-trends. [meetup]

EPAM Tech Talks | Open Community Meetups – This is a group for software & QA engineers eager to gain more knowledge about softwares, programming and networking. [meetups]

Frameworks Days – Frameworks Days organises events of various scope and format. Our goal is to hold events of hight quality for developers, project managers and all IT specialists. [meetup]

IT Talk Kyiv – IT talk – an open community, to which anyone can become interested in the development of IT-industry. We do not focus on individual technologies, presentations for project managers, developers (.NET, C, JAVA, etc.), Touch test questions. [meetup]

How to Find a Date

How to Find a Date

Date Ukrainians – You can date singles from Ukraine as quickly and easily as with a girl from your native town. Information from our catalog will be useful both for young people, who are looking for contacts, and for serious people looking for a Ukrainian soul mate. [date ukrainians]

Mamba.ru – I sure hope you speak some Ukrainian or Russian or have a translator with you because you will need it when using this site. Many of the members on here don’t speak a lick of English. Most of Mamba’s over 23 million users live in Russia and Ukraine, with others scattered around the globe. Mamba has been around since the early days of the internet, and its experience in the dating world shows. [visa hunter]

UkraineDate.com – UkraineDate is the best online dating site in Ukraine. This site is where I would focus 95% of my energy if I was looking for a Ukrainian woman to date. [visa hunter]

Walking Tours

Walking Tours

Green Tour – Ukraine is an amazing country with the impressive history and vivid nature. Tours to Ukraine can give you new emotions and experience. On guided tours of Ukraine, you can learn many interesting facts and visit popular travel attractions of our country. We can give you a dozen of reasons to plan your next journey to one of the Ukrainian cities. Everyone who goes to Ukraine remembers this journey as a very pleasant and exciting adventure. So, let’s find out why your trip to Ukraine is beneficial and memorable. [green tour ua]

In Your Pocket – In case you are just passing through or simply have a short attention span, we have designed the following self-guided tour to allow you to visit most of Kyiv’s notable points of interest in one day. [in your pocket]

Kiev Free Tours – Free Tours Kiev is a private initiative run by young guides and volunteers in love with Kiev. It is one of the easiest and most interesting ways to tour Kiev. [freetours.kiev.ua]

Free Things to Do

Free Things to Do

Enjoy the hell out of $2 vodka – Did I mention they have $2 bottles of vodka? I did? Well, I just want you to make sure. You don’t want to forget a thing like that. You can get a bottle of vodka for $2. Yes, that’s what I said. That figure is indeed correct. [snarky nomad]

Enjoy the latent homoeroticism and sadomasochistic undertones of a traditional Ukrainian sauna – What could possibly be more sexually attractive than a room full of naked and obese Slavic men sweating their brains out in the sauna whilst intermittently flogging themselves with a bundle of sticks? Why, the aggressive manhandling that is the full-body traditional in-sauna massage, of course! [snarky nomad]

Enjoy the million onion domes of Kiev – Kiev can be pretty gorgeous, with onion-domed churches and monasteries all over the place, and some busy pedestrian plazas and thoroughfares surrounded by what I want to say is…baroque architecture? Classical, maybe? Whatever. [snarky nomad]

Get irradiated at Chernobyl – Still, Chernobyl’s eerie silence, as well as the accompanying town of Pripyat, which was entirely evacuated and stands as a time capsule of 1980s Soviet life, with children’s toys still littering the streets, have an unmistakable allure. Much like Pompeii, in fact. The disaster itself, and the town frozen in time, are terrifying and fascinating at the same time. [snarky nomad]

Have some castle adventures – Western Ukraine is especially filled with castles. Some of the most accessible are those at Kamianets-Podilskyi, where the fortress sits atop a massive ravine (and is the site of many wedding ceremonies), and Khotyn, just a short bus ride away, both located near the city of Chernivtsi. There’s also the aforementioned fortress at Sudak in the Crimea, but there are many more, as well as former residential palaces. [snarky nomad]

Hike in the Carpathians – The Carpathian Mountains stretch through several Eastern European countries, and offer outdoorsy types plenty of great hiking opportunities, though the infrastructure is more accessible for day hikers, who can stay in town and hike during the day. In fact you can often stay in the spare room of random villagers instead of paying for a hotel. When I showed up and found out the place was full, the guy just called over to his neighbor and I stayed there instead. [snarky nomad]

Lazily wander through old-town Lviv – Kiev gets all the attention, but Lviv has all the charm. If you find yourself stuck in Ukraine far longer than you expected, you’re probably in Lviv. It happened to me. The old town center, with its centuries-old architecture, cobblestone streets, and pedestrian-only plazas, is the kind of place you can sightsee in a few hours, and comfortably get stuck in for days or weeks. [snarky nomad]

Observe the awkward encounters of arranged marriage meetings – Yes, this is a thing. In Odessa it’s particularly visible. The Irish pub, just down the street from the hostel, always had a few foreigners speaking English to a girl who was very obviously translating for another girl. If you think this is weird, well, you’re incredibly correct. [snarky nomad]

Party in Odessa – The summertime parties in Odessa’s Arcadia district put Cancún and Ibiza to shame. Massive clubs and endless bars play host to seemingly tens of thousands of impeccably dressed Ukrainian party people. What’s more, no one on the planet outside of former Soviet countries seems to have any idea this is the case. [snarky nomad]

Soak up the history and sunshine in the Crimea – This tiny peninsula has been the site of bitterly contested territorial struggles, meaning the Crimea hosts a vast wealth of historic sites, from Sudak’s Genoan fortress, Bakhchisaray’s Tatar palace and cave monastery, Alupka’s Vorontsov Palace (Churchill’s home during the Yalta conference), and Yalta’s Swallow’s Nest, Masandra Palace, and the Livadia Palace, where the famous Yalta Conference took place between Churchill, Roosevelt, and Stalin, where the leaders drew up the plans to divide Europe after the end of World War II. [snarky nomad]

Festivals

Festivals

Independence Day of Ukraine – A major public holiday on August 24, Ukraine’s independence from the USSR is celebrated with military displays and fireworks nationwide. Kiev’s independence Square is the best place to be, while all towns mark the occasion with a lineup of events including live concerts in Donetsk. [iexplore]

Kiev Day – Kiev Day is one of the main events of the year, with concerts, fireworks, and lots of celebrations in the streets of the capital. It takes place during the last weekend of May, with drinks on Friday night, fun in the street on Saturday and fireworks on Sunday. Many areas light up, with Khreschatyk Street and the two main squares—Independence Square and European Square—quite festive for the occasion. [iexplore]

Kiev Summer Music Festival – The Summer Music Festival in Kiev is one of many musical-oriented events in the Ukraine. It features a string of open-air concerts on weekends late May through the middle of July at the Central Park of Culture and Resort. There’s everything from classic and modern performances to jazz. [iexplore]

Koktebel International Jazz Festival – The Koktebel International Jazz Festival is Ukraine’s main jazz event, featuring local talent, as well as acclaimed musicians from Russia. It takes place over a weekend in mid-September in the town of Koktebel on the Crimean peninsula, with some stages setup on the beach. [iexplore]

Lviv City Day – For two days in -mid-May, the city of Lviv enjoys jazz, pop and rock music, folk dancing, and theater on the street. It’s a family affair, with numerous activities and a huge street parade-carnival for the kids. The Capital of Handicrafts festival is at the same time in Rynok Square, while Victory Day is on May 9. [iexplore]

Molodist International Film Festival – The Molodist International Film Festival is a long running event in Kiev the last week in October, with films from all corners of the globe being showcased. Popular in the world of moviemaking, it’s best to buy tickets online because this event does sell out. [iexplore]

Sorochinsky Yarmarok – The north-eastern/central village of Sorochintsy is the setting for this trade fair in the Ukraine, which runs for a week in August. It is one of the country’s oldest events, featuring crafts galore. One of the best places to pick up souvenirs, it is near Poltava, a few hours southeast of Kiev. [iexplore]

Ukrainian World Music Festival – Locally known as Kraina Mriy, this popular summer event of folk music late June/early July takes a look at Ukrainian culture. The event features several stages set up in a large park to the east of downtown Kiev, with views of the Motherland Statue. Visitors enjoy a variety of tunes, as well as a kiddie section called Child’s Meadow. It’s easy to get to on the Metro from Arsenal’na station. [iexplore]

Victory Day – May 9 is an important public holiday in the Ukraine, marking the victory over the Nazis and honoring fallen heroes of WWII and its veterans. It is celebrated nationwide, with the main event in Kiev featuring military parades and hundreds of thousands of visitors. Events elsewhere include mock battles in southern towns and the consumption of military porridge in the north. [iexplore]

Public Transit

Public Transit

By Bus – Ukrainian National Bus Lines serve almost every city and town in Ukraine. The older fleet of buses would suffice for short trips, although sometimes are overcrowded and dirty. So, for the price, train travel is a more comfortable option. “Deluxe” Bus travel is, however, available also by private companies and is not a bad choice. [best of ukraine]

By Car – All you’ll need in order to travel by car in Ukraine is your International Driving Permit, Proof of Insurance, and Nerves of Steel. Otherwise, it’s better to use a local Ukrainian driver with his own car. If you must, you can rent a car at major hotels in Kiev and through car rental agencies in all major cities in Ukraine. [best of ukraine]

By Ship / Ferry – You can travel by ship from Odessa, or Yalta, as well as various cities on the Black Sea and Mediterranean. The most frequent and reliable is the Odessa to Istanbul route. It’s also possible to sail down the Danube River between Odessa and a number of East European river ports. [best of ukraine]

By Train – The 22,3 km’s (14 miles) of railway track link most Ukrainian cities and towns. International links extend from Kyiv to other CIS and European countries as well. There are direct lines to Warsaw (Poland), Krakow (Poland), Wroclaw (Poland), Pshemysl (Poland), Moscow (Russia), St.Petersburg (Russia), Vladyvostok (Russia), Murmans’k (Russia), Minsk (Belarus), Brest (Belarus), Berlin (Germany), Bratislava (Slovakia), Prague (Czech), Budapest (Hungary), Sofia (Bulgaria), Varna (Bulgaria), Vienna (Austria), Riga (Latvia), Belgrade (Yugoslavia), Zagreb (Croatia), Cishinau (Moldova) and others. [best of ukraine]

Professional Groups & Events

Professional Groups & Events

Java User Group UA – JUG UA, historically named as Java User Group of “Kiev Polytechnic Institute” (JUG “KPI”), has been founded by students of National technical university of Ukraine “KPI” 12 years ago. Today our group has more than 600 members. We have regular meetings, take part in Adopt a JSR program and play key role in organization of annual conference JavaDay Kiev. [meetup]

Kiev Startup Founder 101 – Are you looking to start your own company? Are you trying to make the transition from an employee to an entrepreneur? [meetup]

Kyiv Elixir Meetup – A group for anyone interested in Elixir language. Erlang developers are especially welcome, as we share the ecosystem. All skill levels are welcome. Looking forward to learning something new! [meetup]

Ukrainian Python User Groups – Group designed to organize Kyiv.py/Kharkiv.py/Dnepr.py/Lviv.py meetups and PyCon Ukraine conference. [meetup]

Language Exchange

Language Exchange

Expat Ukraine – Established in 2003 as a platform both for expatriates in Ukraine and those who are just looking for practical advice for visiting the country. If you have moved to Ukraine or are just considering taking the plunge, welcome to our expatriate community website. Whether you are working, studying or travelling here as a tourist, you can get the most unbiased and up-to-date information about Ukraine from our expert partner companies and the members on our forum. Despite Internations Expat Ukraine links and google ads…professing to be us…  we are not them. [expat ua]

Your Expat Community in Ukraine – Vitayu, and a very warm welcome to the expat communities in Ukraine! InterNations is a private network of real expats in Ukraine who can help you settle into your new home here. Relocating to another country can be difficult, and it can really help to have a support network like InterNations to call on. You might want to ask questions such as, “ehat is the education system like for expats in Ukraine?”, “how affordable is the healthcare in the country?”, or “where is it safe to live in Kiev?”. [internations]

LGBT Groups

LGBT Groups

National LGBT Portal of Ukraine – The international project «National LGBT portal of Ukraine» —  the only of its kind in the marketplace, where each / every lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender people will find the information needed for everyday life and be able to share their thoughts and experiences. [lgbt.org.ua]

Resources

Resources

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