In most cases these so-called relationships usually begin online, through a dating agency website or social network.Although some of these women are genuinely looking for love, many are simply professional daters exploiting the desperation and generosity of these foreigners.The scams can start before the foreigner even arrives in the city.The woman will come up a sob story about a sick child, dying mother, or how she needs money for a visa and plane ticket to visit her new love.
Ukrainian police aren’t perfect but certainly wouldn’t tolerate bogus police operating on their patch.
In general, Kiev is as safe as most Western European countries.
Organized crime does exist, but unless you’re coming to Kiev to open a chain of casinos the mafias are extremely unlikely to take an interest in you.
Many drivers would argue that this is a better system, particularly those from countries such as the UK where fines are heavy and issued automatically.
The families of those killed in Ukraine by drunk or dangerous drivers would disagree.
We personally consider it much better to leave our passports in a safe place than to routinely carry it in person and risk losing them. If you have committed an offence they will usually give you the option of going down the official route or paying a bribe and going on your way.