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Gay Guide Ukraine
Ukraine is the second largest Eastern European state after Russia. It was the first former Soviet republic to decriminalise sex between adult men. The age of consent is 16 years for both homo and heterosexuals. Ukrainian legislation does not provide a sufficient legal mechanism in combating discrimination and preventing hate crimes. The law does not recognise same sex couple. Owing to the uncertain political situation at this moment in time, equality for LGBT persons has completely receded to the background. Ukraine is set to lose out on a visa-free travel agreement with the EU, after the Ukrainian Parliament blocked a law protecting LGBT people from discrimination. The Schengen Agreement with the Ukraine would mean abolishing the need for passports across European borders for its citizens. However the European Union has consistently demanded that the Ukraine must legally ban discrimination against LGBT people before being able to join the Schengen Agreement. The Ukraine has not prevented violence against the LGBT community. Kyiv Pride was the scene of violence in 2015 where two policemen were reportedly wounded in an exchange with the violent mob, pelting marchers and police alike with stones and smoke bombs. The parade was attacked after only walking 20 meters. Kyiv's oldest cinema was nearly burned to the ground in October 2015, when it was set on fire during the screening of a "gay" film. The war in the Ukraine has claimed many victims. Democracy was one of these. Ukraine is a country with great hospitality and friendly, welcoming people. With patience and some discretion, gay travellers will find Ukraine an interesting, unique and beautiful destination. The cities with the strongest gay presence are Kyiv (the capital), Lviv, Odessa, Dnipropetrovs'k, Donets'k, Kharkiv.
Cities in Ukraine
Name: Ukraïna · Ucraina
Location: East Europe
International country code: 380 (omit 0 from area code)
International access code: 810
Language: Ukrainian, Russian
Area: 603,700 km² / 233,089 sq mi.
Currency: 1 Hryvna (UAH) = 100 Kopeks
Capital: Kyiv (Kiev)
Religions: 52% Russian Orthodox, 9% Greek Orthodox, 4% Muslim
Climate: Moderate continental climate. Mediterranean only on the southern Crimean coast. The west and north are areas with the highest precipitation. Winters vary from cool along the Black Sea to cold further inland. Summers are warm across the greater part of the country, hot in the south.
Important gay cities: Kyiv (Kiev)