How does Kyiv live today and what has changed in the capital after more than a year of war?
With the advent of warming weather, the capital has felt alive. But from time to time, the idyll is shattered by an air raid warning, and at night the city periodically shudders from explosions. Find out how Kyiv residents live now
Everything comes to life in spring, and the capital of Ukraine is no exception. After more than a year of war, Ukrainians have adapted to the new conditions and are trying to live a normal life. Read our article to find out how Kyiv lives today and what has changed over the year.
What has changed in 2023?
This year brought positive changes: people started returning to Kyiv. According to the mayor of the capital, Vitali Klitschko, 3.6 million people now live in Kyiv. For comparison, in March 2022, there were up to 1 million people left in Kyiv, as most of them left in search of a safer place.
Is it safe in Kyiv now?
Almost every night in May, Kyiv residents heard air raid warnings. In particular, on May 16, one of the largest and most intense missile attacks took place. But our air defense forces shot down all enemy targets. Kyiv remains the No. 1 target for the aggressor, so the city is reliably defended.
Many thanks to everyone who serves in the Armed Forces of Ukraine!
Restrictions of martial law in the capital
Kyiv's residents know by heart the rules that must be followed. But guests of the capital should keep in mind the following restrictions:
- Curfew is in effect from 24:00 to 5:00;
- there will be no beach season in the capital;
- rafting on the Dnipro is also prohibited.
Prices for rental housing in Kyiv
The return of people to Kyiv has also revitalized the real estate market. As demand increased, so did rental prices.
As recently as last summer, prices were 45% below market levels. In certain parts of the capital, it was possible to rent a one-bedroom apartment for UAH 8,000. Before the war, similar housing cost UAH 13,000. Currently, prices are returning to pre-war levels, and experts predict a rise in prices in the future.
Business in new realities
The war is still on, and the streets are full of anti-tank guns and people in uniform. However, Kyiv residents lead active lifestyles and have fun. Open coffee shops, shopping malls, theaters and museums provide an opportunity to escape from the war and enjoy life.
Ukrainians realize that there is no need to postpone life and the realization of dreams until later. Life is too short, so Kyiv residents are realizing their plans: opening cafes, shops and buying real estate.
There is no need to consider such financial investments as a waste. After all, every business - large and small - stimulates the country's economy and creates jobs for the population.
Tourism in Ukraine
Even in times of war, tourism services are in demand. Ukrainians and foreigners can travel to the most picturesque places in our country and have a European-level vacation.
Are you planning a vacation in Ukraine? Great, because even in times of war, tourism in Ukraine continues to function. Find out more about where you can safely relax your body and soul without traveling abroad in our article.
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The simultaneous stay of visitors in the hotel lobby not more than one person per 10 square meters of serviceable area is allowed.
Persons can visit hotels and stay there (outside hotel room) only if they wear respirator or face mask (including homemade mask), so that the nose and mouth are covered.
Hotel guests are obliged to keep the 1.5 meters distance.
Online check-in making in advance is recommended to avoid queues at check-in to hotel.
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