In most cases these so-called relationships usually begin online, through a dating agency website or social network.
Although some of these women are genuinely looking for love, many are simply professional daters exploiting the desperation and generosity of these foreigners.
Many drivers would argue that this is a better system, particularly those from countries such as the UK where fines are heavy and issued automatically.
The families of those killed in Ukraine by drunk or dangerous drivers would disagree.
Many taxi drivers will attempt to charge you an exorbitant fee, only revealed at the end of the journey.
If you really have to get a taxi from the street, always agree a price before getting in the vehicle and you shouldn’t have any problems.
Acts of mindless drunken violence such as those which commonly occur in British cities are rare.
More often than not though, these women will wait until the foreign man is in Ukraine and is most susceptible to their charms.
Shopping extravaganzas and visits to expensive restaurants are the usual methods of extracting cash.
In general, Kiev is as safe as most Western European countries.
Organized crime does exist, but unless you’re coming to Kiev to open a chain of casinos the mafias are extremely unlikely to take an interest in you.
Marriage and dating scams are quite relatively common.