Ukraine is the second largest country in Europe. Its territory consists mostly of fertile plains (steppes) and plateaus, mountains being found only in the west (the Carpathians), and in the Crimean Peninsula in the extreme south.
Ukraine was the first political centre of the first eastern Slavic state, Kyivan Rus. During the 10th and 11th centuries, due to its favourable geographic position on lucrative trade routes, the country was the largest and most powerful state in Eastern Europe. Weakened by internecine quarrels and Mongol invasions, most of the territory of what is modern Ukraine, was annexed by Poland and Lithuania in the 14th century. It was during that time, that Ukrainians began to conceive of themselves as a coherent and distinct people, a feeling that survived subsequent partitioning by greater powers over the next centuries.
A new Ukrainian state, the Cossack Hetmanate, was established during the mid-17th century after an uprising against the Poles. Despite continuous Muscovite pressure, the Hetmanate managed to remain autonomous for well over 100 years.
During the latter part of the 18th century, the Russian Empire absorbed most of the Ukrainian territory.
Following the collapse of czarist Russia in 1917, Ukraine made its first tentative steps toward independence, but the dream of an independent Ukraine ended with the triumph of the Bolsheviks and the founding of the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic in 1922.
Ukraine is one of the former Soviet republics that became independent with the dissolution of the Soviet Union (December 1991). The change was not what many Ukrainians had expected: democracy remained elusive as the legacy of state control and endemic corruption stalled efforts at economic reform, privatisation, and civil liberties. A peaceful mass protest – the “Orange Revolution” – in the closing months of 2004 forced the authorities to overturn a rigged presidential election and to allow a new internationally monitored vote that swept into power a reformist slate under Viktor Yushchenko. Subsequent internal squabbles in the Yushchenko government allowed his rival Viktor Yanukovych to stage a comeback in parliamentary elections and he became prime minister in August of 2006.
Ukraine is a country in transition as it leaves behind its Communist past to build a new political and economic system and develops its links with Europe and the West.
After Russia, the Ukrainian republic was far and away the most important economic component of the former USSR. The ‘Breadbasket of the Soviet Union’ with its fertile black soil generated more than one-fourth of Soviet agricultural output and its farms provided substantial quantities of products to other republics. Likewise, its diversified heavy industry supplied equipment and raw materials to industrial and mining sites in other regions of the former USSR. After independence, despite its human and economic potential, the Ukrainian economy stagnated for a decade. All sectors of industry experienced severe production declines. An export driven economic growth resumed only in 2000. Today, Ukraine’s economy is surprisingly modern, with only a small percentage of the workforce employed in agriculture.
Foreign investment is another important aspect of Ukraine’s economy, but is sadly not operating as it should. A poor banking system, changing tax and regulations, an underdeveloped legal system and opaque privatisations hamper foreign investment. Regulations, paperwork and extensive inspection regimes have also to a degree stifled private enterprise in Ukraine. Procedures to obtain permits for business in Ukraine are complicated and confusing taking up much time and money. Whilst Ukraine’s economy has undergone various developments, there is still work to be done. As reforms are implemented, Ukraine can look forward to an improved economy in the years to come.
Ukraine has a rich variety of scenery and impressive contrasts. Central and southern Ukraine is primarily steppe (prairie) with very fertile black soil, exceptionally well suited for grain farming. The Dnipro River, with its many tributaries, unifies central Ukraine economically. In the east, the industrial heartland of the Greater Donbas or Donets Basin contains large reserves of mineral deposits. Western Ukraine has many picturesque mountain resorts, very popular for winter sports. The Crimean Mountains divide the Crimean Peninsula, creating a semitropical area on its southernmost tip. The Crimea is a popular tourist destination.
Today, Ukraine is one of the most stable and peaceful countries among the former republics of USSR in Eastern Europe. The country rewards visitors with hospitable people, magnificent architecture, and kilometres of gently rolling steppe. Kiev, with its churches, museums, art galleries, libraries, historic places and parks, is a sightseer’s dream. The city can be explored on foot, by excellent public transportation, or by boat via the Dnipro River. Cruises down the Dnipro to the Black Sea and even the Mediterranean are possible.
With its mix of post-Soviet and pre-Europe styles of life, Ukraine has much to offer: the opera, ballet, theatres, casinos, dining out, the circus, the zoo, and shopping. There are several International schools and the expat community is fairly large. English is not widely spoken, but Kiev offers a lot to do and see, if one does not find the language issue intimidating.
Prepare and Plan Visit
In this initial contact the Relocation Coordinator will brief the Transferee, introducing destination services commissioned, and provide access codes to HTLC Network on-line City-Specific Resource Guides. In addition, the Relocation Coordinator will help the Transferee assess personal and family’s housing needs, as well as their hopes and plans for the sojourn in your new destination. The Transferee will be asked to fill out a Personal Needs Analysis Form, which will enable customized service delivery. After gaining a sense of the Transferee’s needs, the Relocation Coordinator will arrange appointments with schools and real estate agents, an appointment will be set up with one of the Local Counsellors for a city briefing and a programme will be finalised for accompanied property and school viewings.
Airport Pickup and Greeting The Transferee and family will be met at the airport by a Local Counsellor and accompanied to designated hotel.
Destination Country and City Information
The Transferee will be given a briefing on the local city and life in your new destination in general, and will be encouraged to ask any questions. An Information Pack on the destination city will be provided. This Pack includes an information sheet with the HTLC Network office and Local Counsellor contact information and emergency telephone numbers. Further, it includes a city and transport map as well as a hard copy of HTLC Network own City-Specific Resource Guide, which contains a wealth of information such as telephone access codes, English-speaking doctors and expatriate clubs. When available, a copy of the English Yellow Pages, local English language periodicals and other relevant information will also be included in the Information Pack.
City by Zone Tour
The purpose of this tour is to familiarise the Transferee with selected areas of the city and type of housing and amenities available, in order to be better prepared to select the neighbourhood most suitable for personal and family needs. The City By Zone Tour is often delivered in conjunction with a house hunting programme.
International Schooling The Transferee will be briefed on educational opportunities in the area. The Relocation Coordinator will schedule appointments at the selected schools, and the Local Counsellor will accompany the Transferee to pre-arranged appointments although the appointments will be privately held between the Transferee and school administrators. Where possible, the Relocation Coordinator will organise enrolment procedure and arrange for company invoicing.
Full-Day Househunting Programme Following an in-depth briefing by the Relocation Coordinator a programme of property viewings will be arranged. The Local Counsellor will accompany the Transferee to pre-arranged viewings of up to eight properties.
Two-Day Househunting Programme Following an in-depth briefing by the Relocation Coordinator a programme of property viewings will be arranged. The Local Counsellor will accompany the Transferee to pre-arranged viewings of up to fifteen properties.
Lease Negotiation After the Transferee has selected a property, the Relocation Coordinator will negotiate lease conditions with the real estate agency or landlord according to The national destination law. HTLC Network coordinator will prepare a contract that ensures legal protection for the client. Particular attention is given to include a break clause, as international assignments often change in duration and the aim is to give maximum flexibility within the limits of the national destination law.
Property Inspection and Inventory Once the lease has been signed, a thorough property inspection is taken in the presence of the Transferee. This includes an inventory of any furnishings, general condition of the property, and meter readings for utility contracts.
Utility Connections, Phone Line and Bank Account The Relocation Coordinator will arrange all utility and telephone connections, and a Local Counsellor will accompany the Transferee to open a bank account in the selected area.
Settling-In Assistance The Local Counsellor will spend time with the Transferee and family, assisting with requested elements of the relocation process, such as arranging language training, obtaining a satellite decoder or internet service provider, shopping for furniture or securing house contents insurance. Duration of this service depends on various company authorizations.
Car Purchase or Lease The Relocation Coordinator will brief the Transferee on the logistics of making an automobile purchase and will research reputable dealers in the area. The Local Counsellor will accompany the Transferee to dealers and act as a translator. Once the Transferee has made the selection, HTLC Network will take care of necessary documentation including insurance cover. For long-term rental HTLC Network will advise local availability of this service.
If the Transferee requests, and is eligible, the Local Counsellor will assist with National Health Registration. City hall registration is a separate service and if authorizied, HTLC Network will assist with the whole bureaucratic procedure at the relative cityhall.
Ongoing Phone Support The HTLC Network support Helpline is available to all Transferees for 90 days from date of property contract signing. Extensions to this Helpline can be added in periods of three months.
Car Importation Importation of car to your new destination, including full document assistance and re-registration with Vehicle registry.
Full Assignment Tracking Full tracking of all deadlines throughout duration of the Transferees international assignment, notification given of all scheduled renewal dates, such as housing contracts, Permit of Stay and Work Permits. Ad Hoc Services Service rendered both from back and front office is available on an hourly and daily basis.
Immigration procedures and requirements vary greatly from country to country. Documents requested from applicants depend on the citizenship of the individual applying and the status he wishes to obtain in the destination country, be it authorisation to work, authorisation for accompanying family members, tourist or study visas, temporary or permanent residency status.
• HTLC Network has been selected by many International Law and Immigration Firms as well as Global Relocation Companies to represent them exclusively for immigration
• We work closely with the relevant governmental and police authorities in each country
• Our Immigration Team are experts in immigration laws and keep abreast of changing requirements and procedures
• We prepare all documentation for HR, all you have to do is print out and sign
• We inform the Transferee which specific documents are required , which translations must be obtained and if these must be legalised
• We provide HR and Transferees with information on the process flow, timing and specific legal requirements of each destination
• We update all parties involved regularly as to the status of the application
• Whenever possible, we act with a Power of Attorney on behalf of the company and the Transferee; when the Transferee’s presence is required, he will be accompanied to the relevant office in the destination city
• Our Local Counsellors, residents and locals of the destination city, are able to present the all prepared documentation to the relevant offices in person; thus speeding up the process and ensuring an efficient service
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The city’s name is said to derive from the name of Kyi, one of its four legendary founders. During its history, Kiev, one of the oldest cities in Eastern Europe, passed through several stages of great prominence and relative obscurity. The city probably existed as a commercial centre as early as the 5th century. A Slavic settlement on the great trade route between Scandinavia and Constantinople, Kiev was a tributary of the Khazars, until seized by the Varangians (Vikings) in the mid- 9th century.
Under Varangians rule, the city became a capital of the Rus’, the first East Slavic state. Completely destroyed during the Mongol invasion in 1240, the city lost most of its influence for the centuries to come. Kiev is an important industrial, scientific, educational, and cultural centre of Eastern Europe. It is home to many high-tech industries, higher education institutions and world-famous historical landmarks. The city has an extensive infrastructure and highly developed system of public transport, including the Kiev Metro.
Area: 603,700 sq km
Time Zone: GMT+2
Capital city: Kiev
Bordering countries: Belarus, Hungary, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Russia, and Slovakia
Climate: temperate continental; Mediterranean only on the southern Crimean coast; winters vary from cool along the Black Sea to cold farther inland; summers are warm across the greater part of the country, hot in the south.
Legislative Branch: Unicameral Supreme Council
National Holiday: 24 August; 22 January
Currency: Hryvna (UAH)
Population: Approximately 46.7 million inhabitants
Religion: Orthodox, Greek Catholic, Protestant, and Jewish
Languages: Ukrainian and Russian
Ethnic groups: Ukrainian majority with a large Russian community