Ethnically a mix of Ukrainian and Russian, Europe's second largest country has strong village and folk traditions; a beautiful Black Sea coast along the Crimea; and vibrant cities (capital Kyiv being the largest).
Sadly, however, due to the February 2022 invasion of Ukraine by Vladimir Putin's Russia, travel to this country has plummeted but is not impossible. We of course fervently hope that better days are around the corner.
Ukraine tourism and the war – plus a look at its terrific allures for visitors
Andriy155 Just over seven months in from the brutal, unprovoked invasion of much of Ukraine’s east and south by Russia (about 20 percent of the country’s territory), the tide has turned, seemingly decisively, in the defenders’ favor, barring a catastrophic development such as a decision by dictator Vladimir Putin to use a battlefield nuclear weapon. Before the war, Ukraine received some 10 million visitors a year (it was 20 million before Russia annexed Crimea in 2014 without a shot being…Read more…
In the meantime, while tourism is not exactly dead at the moment, it seems to be under strain, with countries such as South Korea banning travel to Ukraine and some flights being canceled because airline insurance carriers are withdrawing coverage. So...keep calm? Sure. Visit Ukraine? Maybe hold off just a bit, eh?
Wall Street Journal: Swine Flu Fears Grip Ukraine
Ukraine introduced some of the strictest measures in the world to combat swine flu after a spate of deaths in the west of the country.