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Re: Driving trip through -- Moldova, Ukraine, Belarus....

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At this point I feel like locking myself in my apartment and never leaving. So many negative opinions all over the place - I'm not sure visiting ANYWHERE is "safe".
Well, the countries you are visiting are "safe". If you are traveling by car you are fairly independent and should be able to enjoy visiting them. These are normal countries with people living daily normal lives there. You won't be going into the jungle.

On top of what the others said, I would add that:
  1. credit cards are not accepted everywhere - particularly in smaller shops/stations in the backwaters. Have some small cash with you to pay for petrol/food/drinks in case you run out in the middle of nowhere
  2. not everyone in the backwaters speaks english or a foreign language, but handwaving and some basic vocabulary can get you by and people are generally very helpful
  3. not having the car registered in your name may cause you issues getting the car across the border. See earlier posts
  4. not sure if camping is the best option - camping sites are not very frequented in these areas. There are many traditional guesthouses where you can better experience the local traditions, food and people - at very low cost. Camping sites are likely to be derelict or lacking in hygiene facilities and stray dogs may be an issue in some places
  5. as mentioned before, avoid the conflict areas in eastern Ukraine and avoid crossing into Transnistria
Other than that you should have no issues. These are normal precautions when traveling anywhere really. My advice would be to plan a route in advance and book places to overnight along the way (use booking.com to find guesthouses). Maybe also take someone with you?
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Old 11.05.2019, 01:23
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"Ostracising Russians" "instigating to wars" etc etc lots of crap in your posts on this thread.
You ain't got nothing more valuable to add but calling names, throwing "shits" and "craps" in every other sentence. This itself speaks volumes of what is Ukraine in a nutshell.
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There was no problem at all before someone with politically correct, but equally useless "knowledge" decided to show it off against this very practical piece of advice:
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- learn few words in Russian, do not expect many people to speak English*
- and heed the advice of ownership of the car, try to have a document in Russian
to corroborate it(as it really makes the most of senses) I opted not even for anecdotes, but provided neutral information on Wiki and YT. Which triggered you and other spiteful critics alike. I am more than aware of how many languages USSR spoke, Ukraine speaks 22 of those. Had the Russian been "enforced" as you tried to frame it, none of these minorities would have made it to the present times. On the contrary, USSR was the definition of what diversity really is. Not that plastic one of today, where people get preferencies based on some features(or lack of some), but flithy commies tried hard to preserve what has been left after Nikolay. In that sense Russians have nothing to be apologetic for.

Yet is Russian that is ubiquitos and will get any traveler a long way. And that is exactly

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but facts are facts
and not some blatant lie how Russian was "enforced" and poor victims of the regime had no other choice but to speak it, and only it. The language that IS being enforced though, is, in fact, Ukrainian:

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In 2016, a New rule came into force requiring Ukraine's radio stations to play a quota of Ukrainian-language songs each day. The law also requires TV and radio broadcasters to ensure 60% of programmes such as news and analysis are in Ukrainian.
How natural is that - 25 years into the "independence" and they still had to steer people to the right side. Not to mention those presidents that learn Ukrainian on the fly.

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You can post plenty of videos and links to support whatever point you want to make because everybody can post everything on the internet,
This. Next time framing the past or bending the present you should reckon with your ass being whooped.


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(yes, Russian language too is well and alive in those places which kind of contradicts your lies i.e. "ostracising Russian folks" lol)
I meant to shed some light on how Russian was "enforced", while you framed poor homo-soveticus as victims, which had to speak Russian. So by far the only one lying here is you

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Go away, let this thread be.
very characteristic of modern Ukraine indeed - if you aren't an average Joe who buys all our tales unconditionally, then you just should gtfo. While we will be bulshitting potential visitors on how humble we are and how you can speak English* to us.


That said, I wish you to shove up your anti-Russian pokes elsewhere.
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And you don't think any of the current poverty was due to the stealing from the state of assets that used to belong to everyone (and generated income for them) by a few when the USSR broke up?

Of course people preferred it before everything was stolen from them.

Was the USSR so good?
Look at at the state of the once fine countries that were completely ruined by the USSR? Poland, Romania, Czech.R. and so on.

moreover, they still keep on stealing from people, check any biography of those Ukrainian presidents as of '91. A corruptioner, a murderer and so on.
So yeah, something is intrinsically wrong in there.
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