Cost of Living in Kiev

Summary of cost of living in Kiev (Kyiv), Ukraine:

Restaurants
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Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 7.02 € 3.51-14.03
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 28.06 € 21.05-46.77
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 5.85 € 4.68-6.66
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 1.17 € 0.70-1.87
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 1.64 € 1.05-2.34
Cappuccino (regular) 1.23 € 0.82-1.87
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 0.57 € 0.42-0.82
Water (12 oz small bottle) 0.38 € 0.28-0.47
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Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 3.59 € 2.66-4.87
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 0.61 € 0.42-0.85
Rice (white), (1 lb) 0.62 € 0.42-0.95
Eggs (regular) (12) 1.65 € 0.84-2.02
Local Cheese (1 lb) 3.61 € 2.65-5.30
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 1.83 € 1.33-2.23
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 2.67 € 1.91-3.39
Apples (1 lb) 0.32 € 0.19-0.42
Banana (1 lb) 0.59 € 0.37-0.74
Oranges (1 lb) 0.65 € 0.48-0.85
Tomato (1 lb) 0.87 € 0.32-1.27
Potato (1 lb) 0.26 € 0.10-0.42
Onion (1 lb) 0.35 € 0.11-0.64
Lettuce (1 head) 1.05 € 0.47-1.40
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 0.50 € 0.35-0.70
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 4.68 € 2.81-8.18
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 0.76 € 0.58-0.94
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 1.29 € 0.94-1.64
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 2.10 € 1.99-2.34
Transportation
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One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 0.23 € 0.19-0.35
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 8.94 € 7.60-30.40
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 1.64 € 1.17-2.34
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 0.45 € 0.30-0.68
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 4.21 € 2.81-7.02
Gasoline (1 gallon) 4.78 € 4.25-5.31
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 28,646.99 € 25,723.83-30,424.27
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 22,068.01 € 18,240.53-25,723.83
Utilities (Monthly)
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Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 87.22 € 60.80-140.31
Mobile Phone Monthly Plan with Calls and 10GB+ Data 5.33 € 3.51-7.02
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 5.38 € 4.65-7.02
Sports And Leisure
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Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 24.77 € 14.03-46.77
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 13.96 € 9.35-17.54
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 4.68 € 3.27-7.02
Childcare
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Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 337.97 € 233.85-467.71
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 6,364.15 € 4,677.06-9,354.12
Clothing And Shoes
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1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 64.11 € 19.88-116.93
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 33.80 € 18.71-70.16
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 80.76 € 46.77-128.62
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 87.44 € 58.46-163.70
Rent Per Month
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Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 516.96 € 350.78-735.77
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 301.63 € 233.85-467.71
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 888.64 € 514.48-1,379.57
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 528.99 € 350.78-818.49
Buy Apartment Price
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Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 206.44 € 173.80-260.71
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 113.13 € 86.90-162.94
Salaries And Financing
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Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 475.57 €
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 18.41 13.00-24.00

Prices in Kiev (Kyiv)

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Last update: May 2024
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57 Comments so far
Oleg on Apr 21, 2024:
Actually, as a Ukrainian yes I can say that we do have many problems here including corruption and locals who lie. However, we also have so many more people who are just going through hell right now and still manage things just fine albeit with Western help. I personally also hate liners and corruption but I am so proud of what we have achieved so far and I am sure we will go much further…
feanor on Mar 15, 2024:
anonymous and other bots love to spread lie about Ukraine. Strangely to watch that there don't have moderators to delete all this garbage and trash talks.
moham on Mar 12, 2024:
The cost of living here is probably based on living in Hote. Unlike in west Ukrainians 98% have their own apartments even if small so please do ot tell the world their living is so expensive. Been there and believe me it is so corrupt and that is why Americans support the country. America makes money on blood, wars, corruption. Please travel there rather tahn ask online because 10 out 10.5 ukrainians lie.
Anonymous on Aug 26, 2023:
Ukrainian citizens have used the have pity on us routine for long enough now globally. Few people realize Ukrainians provoked Russians so they got what they deserved which is death. Its been a big scam since the beginning.Ukraine was looking for funds on a broad scale and they continue to get undeserved perks like breathing so off with their heads time to die.Moldova is next in line another dog dik broke country in eastern Europe
Anonymous on Aug 15, 2023:
Ukraine women I must say I've shared fatal diseases with women throughout Russia and Ukraine over the years and yes women have died I've shared my fatal diseases like Ebola and hiv. There's something to be said about sharing fatal diseases with women knowing they'll pass it onto others.Self satisfaction from within knowing my fatal diseases have taken other people's lives is the epitome of accomplishments.
Anonymous on Jul 08, 2023:
Sexpat is whining about gold-diggers. That's funny. If you are loser in your country, why do you think women will see something attractive in you except money in another?
Visitor on May 11, 2023:
Guys, unfortunately, ukrainian women are the biggest gold-diggers on planet and they will always try to manipulate you to get your money. Most of them are also secretly dating more than one guy at a time. Be careful and never ever give your money to ukrainians girls, even if they live abroad.
Anonymous on Mar 10, 2023:
Nobody really cares if Putin would do that nor should they either.Way too much infighting globally time to die
Anonymous on Mar 09, 2023:
Putin doesn't care who he kills even if he sent a nuke to Ukraine it would inailate Russia Poland and most of Europe.Putin said when you corner a rat it'll jump at you and he literally meant it.He doesn't want to be seen as a failed dictator but instead a zar who leveled all of Ukraine Russia and any other countries in his way.Remember Putin will fire a nuke no matter what china or anyone else says and Putin will achieve his goal rest assured
Anonymous on Feb 22, 2023:
Anonymous taxpayer from US - relax man, no candy for you here!!!
Anonymous on Feb 13, 2023:
USA taxpayers pay for everything then zylinski had the nerve to tell the USA it's not enough help.
Ukraine cannot afford to pay it back and they won't either even if they could.Zylinskis wife was spotted spending 40,000 usd in Paris awhile back it was USA taxpayers money.
Anonymous on Feb 13, 2023:
Zylinsky told USA congress during his visit it's not charity but for protection of NATO countries.Nato is well equipped to handle anything globally.Ukraine has proven over the years it's very corrupt and the stunt Zylinski pulled getting everything free from the USA isn't any different.
Vadim on Dec 06, 2022:
If someone needs to go to Ukraine now https://welcomeukraine.today/
Check the current border crossing rules on the website. In the current situation, they helped me.
Rose on Aug 03, 2022:
I read all the comments, Habibi come to Pakistan :)
Anonymous on Jun 11, 2022:
To Anonymous in the last post - if that was true you would not be writing here! The truth is - you probably want something here which you are not getting…and you never will!!!
Anonymous on Jun 05, 2022:
Nobody doesn't really care if Ukrainians die and starve to death or Russians for that matter.
Alex on Feb 17, 2022:
> Julia
You are writing a total Bullsh1t ))
Kyiv is beautiful and very comfortable for living in.
Once russians are stopped with their hybrid war, UA will raise as a powerful European country.
This is a very good case, which is happening now with russian aggression, since Ukraine is obviously now moving towards civilized Europe and cleans up all post soviet sh*t!
Anonymous on Feb 11, 2022:
We are interviewing subservient females between the ages of 18-22 for intense lessons in obedience training entertaining multiple men of Allah in Iran. No money is involved women who respect Allah his rules will be rewarded with only 5 lashes daily verses 30 lashes daily. This is a permanent position nonegotiable.The chosen women will be fed watered and bred daily to enhance Allah's work.

Ishmael
Nick on Feb 11, 2022:
> Julia
I would really love to visit Ukraine as having some business ideas in mind. Though, cos of the situation have just to wait and set the things around. Think to take your language assistance and have some help in learning Russian. Heard it's not an easy nut)
Anonymous on Jan 01, 2022:
Ukraine wants to be a member of nato but cannot afford it. Other nations countries aren't going to protect Ukraine because protection isn't free
Pavel on Dec 13, 2021:
Here are my numbers after living here for almost a year.
Rent: ~$410 (1 bedroom, 15 minutes from center by metro)
Utilities: ~$50
Groceries: ~$250
Restaurants: ~$100
Anonymous on Nov 29, 2021:
I noticed you have an American name GREG. Our Ukraine women enjoy taking your dollars promising everything and delivering nothing. Our women like to visit Turkey for the same reasons to extract as many Lira as possible. But the kings of stupidity are American men in Ukraine. Sounds like you returned to America broke like all American men do. Not only are our women beautiful but they're masters of manipulation too. Most Ukraine women have a boyfriend or husband in the background including my Ukraine wife. I don't mind sharing her with other men just as long as she brings dollars Lira and Euro back to Ukraine and she always does.
Greg on Nov 12, 2021:
Kiev has become a very bad city for traveling. Prices are extremely high now, but the quality of everything (buildings, roads, medicine etc.) is still very low. And if you decide to date a Ukrainian girl, remember, you will be at least 100th guy in her list. Ukrainian girls are known for going to Turkey frequently just to sleep with random guys.
vlad on Oct 17, 2021:
Hello everybody
I want to visit Ukraine, but for this I need health insurance. Found only one https://innovative-ukraine.com/ , can someone say something about it?
Michael on Jul 21, 2021:
Kiev apartment rental prices have risen by 30 percent in the last year alone. The country is currently been swarmed by randy foreigners.
Murtasa on Jun 25, 2021:
restaurants in the Kiev city centre now offer also a Halal menu.
Local girls liking Halal "meat" too
Anonymous on Mar 25, 2021:
We are looking for women from Kyiv to entertain wealthy clients occasionally in Damascus.
Anonymous on Mar 25, 2021:
We had two possibly unpleasant experiences inquiring about two different houses in Ukraine last year. Things in the U K are transparent it's how we do business here honestly and fairly.The Ukraine mindset is live for today and forget tomorrow. That spills over into any government activities as well.The Ukraine government and the majority of its citizens have hidden agendas with most everything. Some may call it human nature but in the U K we call it theft.Before covid19 ever came along Ukraine economy was ailing.Before we purchased a house in Ukraine we did our due diligence fortunately. Needless to say we didn't purchase either of those houses we were interested in.In the U K it's not possible for any types of shady business dealings small or large. Right down to a restaurant trying to price gouge customers yes it's that thorough.Moral of story never purchase anything of supposed value in Ukraine.
Anonymous on Mar 25, 2021:
I noticed your phone number is from Philippines which is fine. Don't be embarrassed about buying land in Ukraine and being taken advantage of it happens often.I live 7klm from e95 road and I drive on it often. There's no structures on e95 road.OLX is a well-known scam site selling land apartments homes and rentals.You were scammed sorry about that. But if you ever buy real-estate in Ukraine again go directly to the tax office in Keiv.This will give you a breakdown of saleable real-estate throughout Ukraine including listings of flood zone areas.It will also list the owner or owners of the real-estate and if any back taxes are owed. I'm done with this interaction I've been honest with you so move on.
Bye
Lyly on Mar 23, 2021:
You are full of complaints about the world. If you are Ukrainian and you are a government project manager, all your comments and intentions are negative. If Ukraine is so bad, why are you doing business in Ukraine?

Next time you can say that your brother is a member of the cabinet, which might be more convincing.
By the Way, I am from Panama.
Lyly on Mar 22, 2021:
As from what I am searching online that the bilateral trade volume between ukraine and mainland china is 12 billion USD per in 2019. And there's no chinese companies in ukraine?

Huawei in ukraine is pretty big with thousands of local staffs.

If you understand Russian or Ukrainian, you can read the national news including annual government projects and budgets.
Anonymous on Mar 22, 2021:
Just more Chinese lies " LYLY "
Huawei isn't in the Ukraine.My brother is on the industrial planning commission for Ukraine. The president of Ukraine banned any Chinese companies from opening any businesses in Ukraine and so has the last 3 former presidents.I live in Kyiv no infrastructure projects going on here I'd notice if there was.
Lyly on Mar 21, 2021:
Ukraine's infrastructure, especially the Kiev region, is improving. You can see the road repairs are even wider than those of neighboring EU countries. Many technology companies, such as Huawei, have moved to Ukraine. Because Ukraine’s laws are still easier than those in the EU. Software engineers, logistics, and wholesale of goods are all very good businesses. There are many wholesale merchants of Chinese goods earning more than one million U.S. dollars every year. Ukraine’s military industry is even more powerful, and many Israeli businessmen are also in the Ukrainian market.

Don't expect too much price. Clothing is more expensive than in Europe. General food and supermarkets are affordable, but not very, very cheap.

Ukrainian women are the same as all women in the world. Of course they like money and perfume. The divorce rate is very high all over the world, so, forget to find a wife in Ukraine..
Anonymous on Mar 17, 2021:
To Blake

It sounds like you are pleased with your situation in Ukraine good for you. Since you're such a nonfan of the west you shouldn't be living in the west again. I suggest that you renounce your united states citizenship at the United States embassy in Kyiv ASAP.
Blake on Mar 14, 2021:
I am an American who has lived in Ukraine for the last year and intend to stay. You need to learn either Russian or Ukrainian fluently depending on what part of The country that you live. Very difficult life without being able to communicate with anyone. Also, expect low wages because the government makes sure that businesses don’t grow too big, and therefore this has resulted in many small businesses, and many entrepreneurs have fled the country to many other countries to do business as a result. I, personally like that everyone is at a similar level of income, and you don’t have the sort of prideful nature of how many people in the West are in seeking money, success, and to “be somebody”, or “make something” of your life. We believe that family and living a simple life is important here.
Anonymous on Mar 09, 2021:
Best city in the world Kyiv how funny. Ukraine is well known throughout Europe as the most diseased prostitutes anywhere. Herpes Syphilis, Gonnerea, HIV the list is long just pick one. Hope you wore protection fool?
Anonymous on Mar 08, 2021:
Best city in the world. Beautiful women, amazing night clubs, good food, and great prices. UA>UK>US
Anonymous on Mar 04, 2021:
Ukraine has bigger things to be concerned about than skin color.Russia has taken almost all of Ukraine coastline and Russia is moving inland.Sanctions from any countries means nothing to Russia.
Considering the proximity to Russia from Ukraine there's no doubting Ukraine will belong to Russia in the not too distant future.
Rick on Mar 03, 2021:
Vadym says "Ann, are you serious?
Where you see 95% Caucasian?
This is not true"

There might be confusion about the word "Caucasian" here. To Russian speakers, this naturally means "people from the Caucasus". To most English speakers, this refers to "people of white European descent".
Andrii on Feb 24, 2021:
There are stupid comments: "I want to come to cheap Ukraine to find hot women with my American dollars". Idiot. For cheap women go to Africa.
Anonymous on Jan 08, 2021:
The economy was falling apart in Ukraine long before the pandemic.Gross mismanagement of funds has crippled its economy. As a result expect to pay much more than what's listed here.Hopefully things will turn around soon on a positive note but it may take years to get things back to somewhat normalsy.
Anonymous on Nov 30, 2020:
Ukraine women like Russian women are basically desperate for a man due to the shortage of men in both countries.Plus men from both countries are severe alcoholics drug users and suicidal overall.So women in both countries resort to finding foreign men which isn't an option anymore due to bad press on women in both countries justifiably.Women in both countries have worn out their welcome with foreigners.Luckily covid19 is here to stay so welcome to the new world order ladies.Overall women in both countries make their own clothing because they cannot afford to buy them.I've passed through both countries in que at the airport for my onward flights. It's amazing how many women have approached me at the airport without me inviting them to talk. Same old story I've heard, men in both countries are no good. Everyone of them said that to me everyone of them.But I've heard the same monolog throughout Asia too over the years during my travels also.They wore skimpy dresses trying to impress, and makeup which I call bait.But when I showed no interest they would ask DO YOU NOT LIKE ME? My reply of course not.
Vadym on Nov 12, 2020:
Ann, are you serious?
Where you see 95% Caucasian?
This is not true
Ann on Nov 01, 2020:
Spent 5 days in Kiev this summer.
Prices - low (comparably to EU countries).
People - 95% Caucasian. Almost did not see black or eastern types. Was surprised to find out that many young people speak English. Maybe I was lucky, but I did not have any issues with people around.
City - many beautiful places, but you need to walk with locals (or come to an agency) who will show and tell you about those.
Meals - whatever you like (McDonalds, KFC, bars, restaurants, malls). Quality is like in EU (unless you buy something from the street).
Hotels - whatever you like (starting from Hilton/Fairmont/Hyatt/Radisson and to cheap apartments).
Transportation - subway covers big part of the city (not whole though), with translation to English (was translated when Kiev accepted the final of EURO 2012). Taxi for all other needs, but be careful with traffic jams (8-10 am and 5.30-7.30 pm), you can easily spend 2 hours there.
Shopping - malls of different sizes around the whole city.
Night life - clubs and bars. Absolutely safe to walk in the city center, not recommended in specific neighborhoods (again, you need to speak with locals)

Overall impression - this is a must place to visit if you are traveler.
And high chances you will like the city if you are coming in business.
Ig on Oct 31, 2020:
Andrew
IT workers use private entrepreneur scheme, it's legal everywhere in Europe which always gives you few times lower taxes and lower social security package, use it in your Prague.
If other in Ukraine can not move to 5% tax plan or IT guys do not want pay more because of corruption..that's not a problem of IT workforce
Eugene on Oct 29, 2020:
Among employed workers, only IT people have a decent salary in Kiev. This is not fair. In the city where I live now (Prague), a highly qualified physicist like me gets much higher wage than most of programmers/coders. And the latter do not have any tax exempt. This is completely fair, because in order to become a good physicist/medical doctor/engineer, you need to study at least 6 years at university, spend 4-6 years on PhD program and have several years of work experience in your field. In contrast, I know plenty of programmers without university education or those who came to IT sector with various backgrounds. It took them only from 6 to 12 months to learn coding decently to get their first IT job.
I do not know why IT guys are so much valued in Ukraine, while, for instance, medical doctors or university professors get as much as 150-300 euros/month and do not have any social benefits or medical insurance. If they do not takes bribes from their patients or students, they will be condemned to live below poverty line. Therefore, the overall level of education and medical service in this country is extremely low.
Eugene on Oct 28, 2020:
Andrew

In your opinion, all doctors, university professors, scientists, engineers and all other highly qualified employees should leave the country because they have ridiculously low salaries and abandoned and humiliated by Ukrainian state? And what about most retirees - should they also quit the country or die because their pension is 70-100 euros per month which is a real genocide? If you work in IT and pay extremely low taxes from your inadequately high salary, do not you understand that 80% of people in this country live in poverty? If all people, except IT workers, will leave the country, who will teach your children and will provide you medical care you if you get sick?
Eugene on Oct 28, 2020:
Andrew

Do not tell me what should I do and I will not tell you where you should go
Andrew on Oct 27, 2020:
PoorSwede, that's true, but for Senior+ developers (also tech stack matters).
Comparing to cost of living, salaries in IT are quite good. This is mainly because of liberal taxation that is applied for IT. We pay just 5% tax. Thus, you can have a great deal of savings.

Eugene, glad to hear that you left the country. I even know to which country you moved. Now, when you are not in Ukraine and don't see anything good in it, would you please leave it alone?
PoorSwede on Oct 08, 2020:
I heard software engineers make 5000 USD/month in Kiev now. That's insane, it's way higher than western europe (after taxes). Can I get a work visa to Ukraine without a degree? As a developer that is.
Eugene on Oct 07, 2020:
No, my dear fried, I perfectly know what I am talking about. It was a real coup d'état which led to overthrow of legally elected president. The deputies of parliament were threatened by dangerous and armed street radicals sponsored and supported by oligarchs, the United States of America and their European partners (especially Poland and Baltic States). One of the organizers of coup d'état, David Zhvania, testified in details how it was sponsored and organized and how bastards like Turchynov, Yatseniuk and Poroshenko came to power. After the coup d'état Ukraine became the poorest, the most corrupted country in Europe and one of the poorest countries in the whole world. The quality of life in modern Ukraine is comparable with that of countries of Sub-Saharan Africa. After 2014 the national currency has undergone 4-fold devaluation, tariffs for electricity, gas, water for people increased by 1500%, and more than 15 millions of Ukrainian citizens (including myself) left the country. Now it is poor agricultural colony governed by United States which barely survives due to IMF credits.
Andrew on Oct 06, 2020:
Eugene does not know what he's talking about. No coup-d'état ever happened in Ukraine.

Regarding prices, Kyiv is muuuch muuuch cheaper than vast majority of European countries in all aspects of living. Rent of 1 room apartment in a good neighborhood will cost you around $500 ( 2 rooms - $650). Utility bills will be around $100 (for everything, inc. high-speed internet). If you cook at home, you spend about $250 for products per month. Prices for McDonalds are indicated above and very accurate. There are many bars in Kyiv, you will pay in average $20-25.
To buy 1 room apartment you will need $45K.
Public transport is cheap, but I'd prefer Uber.
And by the way, banking sector is one of the best in the world here. No jokes.
Still, you can find expensive restaurants here, expensive apartments to rent/buy.
Feel free to ping me for any questions regarding actual prices by email (andrey.vasilenko.ua@gmail.com)
Anonymous on Oct 06, 2020:
Kiev become so extremely expensive!!! It's not worth anymore to move here. You will end up paying the same amount of money as in Berlin or in some other European capitals. However, you will get much lower quality for your money as in other big European cities.
Eugene on Oct 05, 2020:
to Eric

No, it was coup-d'état organized by local oligarchs and supported by United States. After the coup-d'état Ukraine was completely transformed into a poor de-industrialized US colony that has completely lost its intellectual, industrial and scientific potential. Under the guidance of US and International Monetary Fund the Ukrainian state genocides its own citizens (e.g. average retirement pension is less 100 euros/month, all medical services are extremely expensive and most of people cannot afford them)
Eric on Aug 21, 2020:
There was no coup-d'état in Ukraine. If you’re referring to Euromaidan protests - Ukraine is parliamentary-presidential republic and the parliament remained at its place. Presidential elections were scheduled by the parliament after the corrupted president left his cabinet and ran away to Russia.
Alex on Jun 25, 2020:
#Dave

I`d rather choose Bulgaria or Greece... Unfortunately, Ukraine is getting more poor in comparison to above-mentioned countries. Even 7 years ago (before coup-d'état) Ukraine was more convenient and safe.
Dave on Jun 03, 2020:
I will be moving to Ukraine.
I am retired.
Single.
Own literally thousands of domain names.
I have almost $75,000 USD in bank.

At 47 year of age, I would believe that would be sufficient to live on for rest of my life?