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'''Ukraine''' is one of the biggest countries in [[Europe]]. Hitchhiking works pretty well here, although areas it seems to have become more difficult since the war with Russia began in 2014. Areas like the Crimean peninsula (which you can now only access via Russia as a foreigner) can be quite challenging uncomfortable to hitch during the hot summer monthsdue to the heat. You can hitchhike anywhere along the roadside, even on real motorway like the [[Kyiv]]-[[Odessa]] road.The first two letters of the Ukrainian number plates indicate the region which can be helpful for finding a ride in the right direction.  [[File:Ukrainian_number_plates.jpg|thumb|right|300px|A map showing the regional Ukrainian number plates]]
The biggest problem you could encounter is that few people speak English or other foreign languages. Some command of Russian (the Communist-era lingua franca and many Ukrainians' native language) or Ukrainian is advisable. Polish is also widely understood. When the language barrier is overcome, Ukrainians are generally hospitable and open people.
When hitchhiking in Ukraine, do not be surprised if it is often expected to share the fuel costs. Before you get in the car make sure that driver will take you are occasionally asked for money from drivers. It is rare, but it does happenfree. It is useful to learn some phrases to let the driver know you are an international hitchhiker and travelling for free. However, like other European countries, truck drivers always recognize hitchhikers and know they are travelling for free.
The state of the roads are is pretty dire in general, and the biggest problem is that the distances involved are usually pretty big (for example [[Lviv]] to [[Kyiv]] is around 550 km, 8 hours of driving). Getting an early start is essential.
== Weather ==
== Food ==
Of course you can get stuck easily on the motorway next to a turn-off from the main road because of nightfall. But there is also nice night-traffic of trucks caused by warm weather from May to September. Usually, there are some gas stations near to such places and there some favorite and famous places for stops known by drivers – something like unofficial rest-stations (there are no official but a lot of unofficial ones). You can easily find something to eat and to drink there and at almost all gas-stations there are night-24 hour shops. You can eat in some restaurants on the road-restaurants, they may be not expensive for foreigners from countries like which are significantly cheaper than in the EU states – you can probably have some - a nice dinner there meal for USaround $7–10 (2008)5, or a baguette and cheese for much less.
== Crimes ==
* [[Belarus]]
** [[Skytok-Novaya Guta Novaja Huta border crossing|Skytok-Novaya GutaNovaja Huta]]
* [[Hungary]]
** [[Chop-Záhony border crossing|Chop-Záhony]]
* [[Poland]]
** [[Dorohusk-Jahodin border crossing|Dorohusk-Jahodin]]
** [[Dołhobyczów-Uhryniv border crossing]]** [[Hrebenne-Rava Ruska border crossing|Hrebenne-Rava Ruska]]** [[Korczowa-Krakovets border crossing|Korczowa-Krakovets]]
** [[Shegyni-Medyka border crossing|Shegyni-Medyka]]
* [[Romania]]
** [[Sighetu Marmației-Solotvyno border crossing|Sighetu Marmației-Solotvyno]]
** [[Siret-Porubnoe border crossing|Siret-Porubnoe]]
* [[Slovakia]]
** [[Vyšné Nemecké-Uzhhorod border crossing]]
** [[Ubľa-Malyi Bereznyi border crossing]]
** [[Velké Slemence-Mali Selmenci border crossing]] (pedestrian crossing, EU/EEA & Ukrainian passports only)
== Further Information ==
== Further Information ==
* [ Ukrainian hitchhiking community] {{ru}}, but you can ask questions and get replies in {{en}}
* [ Short video summary of the Ukrainian World Championship qualifiers in 2012]giving an idea of the roads travellers will encounter there.* [https Public transport in Ukraine] == Personal Experiences == Pls add info ==player_embeddedNomadwiki &vTrashwiki =IE-WQ3rvmW4 Video footage] of a hitchhiker's tour through Ukraine, giving an idea of the roads travellers will encounter there.= {{nomadwiki}} 
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