Ukrainian cities

List of the main Ukrainian cities with their names written in Russian and in Ukrainian.

Russian names

Ukrainian names

Kiev (Киев) Kyiv (Київ)
Sevastopol’ (Севастополь) Sevastopol’ (Севастополь)
Borispol’ (Борисполь) Boryspil’ (Бориспіль)
Cherkassy (Черкассы) Cherkasy (Черкаси)
Chernovtsy (Черновцы) Chernivtsi (Чернівці)
Chernigov (Чернигов) Chernigiv (Чернігів)
Dnepropetrovsk (Днепропетровск) Dnipropetrovsk (Дніпропетровск)
Donetsk (Донецк) Donets’k (Донецьк)
Khar’kov (Харьков) Kharkiv (Харків)
Kherson (Херсон) Kherson (Херсон)
Khmnel’nitskiy (Хмнельницкий) Khmnel’nyts’kyi (Хмнельницький)
Kirovograd (Кировоград) Kirovograd (Кіровоград)
Lugansk (Луганск) Lugans’k (Луганськ)
Lutsk (Луцк) Luts’k (Луцьк)
L’vov (Львов) L’viv (Львів)
Nikolayev (Николаев) Mykolaiv (Миколаїв)
Odessa (Одесса) Odesa (Одеса)
Poltava (Полтава) Poltava (Полтава)
Rovno (Ровно) Rivne (Рівне)
Simferopol’ (Симферополь) Simferopol’ (Сімферополь)
Sumy (Сумы) Sumy (Суми)
Ternopol’ (Тернополь) Ternopil’ (Тернопіль)
Uzhgorod (Ужгород) Uzhgorod (Ужгород)
Vinnitsa (Винница) Vinnytsa (Вінница)
Zaporozh’e (Запорожье) Zaporizhzhia (Запоріжжя)
Zhitomir (Житомир) Zhytomyr (Житомир)

Wedding in Ukraine: legalization and translation wedding certificate

The wedding certificate given by the ZAGS during the wedding day, has to be legalized and translated for to be transcripted also in your native country.

Here we will talk about the procedure required for the Italian citizens. For other countries can be different.

This procedure is also required for to get the visa from the embassy.

1 You must bring the wedding certificate to the RAGZ of your city.

RAGZ DonetskDonetsk RAGZ (close to the ZUM)

At the RAGZ you will be asked to fill out some document and then to pay (through bank which is not inside the RAGZ, you can find one at the ZUM)

Once you have done all this they will put a stamp on your wedding certificate.

Required time: few hours.

When to come: in the morning.

Price: about 50 Hryvnia


Now go to Kiev and bring the certificate to the Consular Department of the Ukrainian Foreign Affairs for to the legalization.

The department is different from the one where you brought the Nulla osta.
This time it is located in Рыльский пер. Ryl’skiy per., next to the Cathedral of Saint Sofia.

Legalization wedding certificate, KievEntrance of the department.

In this office you need once again to fill out different documents and to pay in the same way as before. There is a bank next to the department.

In general there are many people, but not all them are there for the same thing. Ask before to make the queue.

This office work expecially for Italy and some other countries ask for to know to which office to go.

Required time: you have your certificate back the same day in the afternoon.

Timetable: bring the certificate from 9 to 12 and get it back from 16 to 17.

Prezzo: about 50 Hryvnia

3 Once your certificate is ready, you can bring it for the translation. This operation has to be done by a translator accreditated by the Italian Embassy. Ask the list of them directly at the embassy (you can send an email).

Required time: Depend on the translator, in general about 1 day.

Price: 50 Hryvnia

In the next post we will talk about the transcription of the wedding in Italy and how to get the visa from the Italian embassy.

Wedding procedures

1 For the list of documents given by the Italian Embassy in Kiev (in Italian) visit:

2 How to get the Nulla osta from the embassy:

3 What to do once you have gotten your nulla osta:

4 For to know which documents bring to the ZAGS:

5 Fill out the wedding request form at the ZAGS (translated in English):

6 The wedding day

Fill out the wedding request form at the ZAGS

In this post we publish and translate the wedding request form given by the ZAGS which must be filled out by both future husband and wife.

Modulo matrimonio Ucrainaside A

Modulo richiesta matrimonioside B

Side A

This module is composed by a singular paper printed on both sides.
(We wrote side A and B just for to make easier the translation)

Upper part of the page:

On the right you have to write: name, patronymic and surname.

Under it on the left, there is written:
The appointment for the registration is (day, month, year)
The wedding was registered (day, month, year) Act number.

(Here you don’t have to write anything, this part is for the ZAGS)

Body of the page:

Request of wedding registration

The area called ВІН is for the man and ВОНА for the bride.

1 Surname
2 Nome
3 Patronymic
4 Birthday and age
5 Place of birth (city, village, rayon, oblast’, country)
6 Citizenship

7 Military conscription
In this part you are requested to write if you did the military conscription or not.
(probable it is important only for Ukrainian citizenship)

8 Family status (Single, Widow, Divorced)
If divorced, write the name of the document that prove it.
Number and date of the document which prove your wife/husband died.

9 Place of residence
(Full address with zip code)
Zip code
building and flat number

10 Identity document
Series and number
Released by and when

At the bottom of the page:

There are not obstacles for the wedding celebration. We want to get marry and
we ask to register our wedding according to the law.

After the wedding we want the following surnames:
(Here you are requested to write your surname after wedding. Man on the right and woman on the left)

The last few lines are to be filled out by the ZAGS.

Side B

We know about the consequences of the wedding.
We take the responsibility to inform each other about our medical conditions.
We know our right and duties as future husband and wife and parents.

We are aware about the consequences that false information can bring.

We ask to register our wedding with ceremony/without ceremony.
(write the date)

We agree/don’t agree to exchange medical documents about our health conditions.

Signature, before the man and then the woman.

At the bottom of the page:
Write you phone numbers.


At the ZAGS you will find also some filled out sample of this form. From it you can take the answer you need.


This form is the one given in Donetsk. It should be the same for every city but we can’t be sure about this.

Wedding procedures:

1 For the list of documents given by the Italian Embassy in Kiev visit: (in Italian)

2 How to get the Nulla osta from the embassy:

3 What to do once you have gotten your nulla osta:

4 For to know which documents bring to the ZAGS:

5 The wedding day

6 Legalization and translation of the wedding certificate:

Wedding in Ukraine, bring the documents to the ZAGS

Once you have your all your documents ready, go to the ZAGS for to chose the date of your wedding.

The ZAGS is the one of the area where the Ukrainian citizen lives.

ZAGS DonetskThis is the building of the Donetsk’s ZAGS

You need to have with you the following documents:

Italian citizen

– Nulla osta
– Original passport
– Translated and legalized copy of the passport
(if required, but anyway better to have it)

Ukrainian citizen

– National passport. (not the one for abroad)

Once at the ZAGS you will be asked to fill out these modules:
1 The module for the payment of the ZAGS (80 Kop.) less than 10 cents of Euro.
(after you will have to pay much more for the ceremony)

2 The module for to require the wedding celebration. Here you need to specify you personal data.

The second module must be filled out in Ukrainian Cyrillic by both.
If you can’t write in Cyrillic than there is some different procedure which require the presence of the notarius. The easiest way is to ask your Ukrainian fiance to help you with it.

Once you have filled our both forms, you need to go to pay the ZAGS and with the recive of the payment come back to the ZAGS assistant and give back your wedding appliance.

The payment has to be done by bank.

You will have to come again to the ZAGS few days before the wedding (they will say exactly when)  for to give the confirmation. Both the applicants are required to be there. (this is because you need to show once again your passport)

In this occasion you will have also to pay for the ceremony.
The price of it is: 400 Hryvnia (at least this is in Donetsk) about 40 euro.

Wedding procedures:

1 For the list of documents given by the Italian Embassy in Kiev visit: (in Italian)

2 How to get the Nulla osta from the embassy:

3 What to do once you have gotten your nulla osta:

4 For to know which documents bring to the ZAGS:

5 The wedding day

6 Legalization and translation of the wedding certificate:

Guide to Donetsk

Donetsk, the capital of the Donbass oblast’, is a large industrial city with more than 1 million of inhabitant and a very short history: the city was founded less than 2 centuries ago.

For all these reason you will not find it among the main places to visit if you travel to Ukraine for leisure unless you are a football fanatic.
Donetsk is the hometown of the 2009 UEFA cup winner: Shakhtar. In the same time it will be also one of the main cities during the Euro championship 2012.
This is also the hometown of the world famous pole vault Olympic record men Sergey Bubka.

Stadium ShakhtarShakhtar stadium, notice the Bubka’s monument.

One of the thing you will notice immediately coming by plane are the artificial hills result of all the open mines which are in this area.

Donetsk from the plane

In the main square, plosha Lenin, you will not miss to see the traditional statue of Lenin, which was almost in every city during the Soviet Union and here it is still at its place.

Lenin square, Donetsk

Despite the fact to be an industrial city (with all the consequences coming from this) there are some very nice green areas where it is pleasant to walk and have rest.

Located the city center, parallel to plosha Lenin and Artema street, Pushking boulevard is a beautiful place where to walk and have rest in the day or even better during the evening.

Pushkin bul.

Another beautiful park is located a bit more far. For to go there, it is better to take any trolley that goes in the direction of the railway station.

This park is characterized by its particular buildings
Here you will find statues with the shape of zodiac signs or fairly tales personages and very particular benches where to sit.
On Saturday you will see different just married couples coming to make photos in this place.

Donetsk, park of figures

Donetsk, park of figures

In the opposite direction, not far from the beginning of Pushkin boulevard, there is probable the main area where to spend the free time.

This park is located along a lake crossed by a pedestrian bridge.

Donetsk, park next to the lake in Summerentrance of the park

Donetsk, park next to the lake in Summerthe bridge

In this place there is an entertainment area where the main attraction is a small roller coaster.
Nice is the old ferries wheel which give the possibility to see a panoramic view of the city. (anyway is it rather old and so maybe not very safe).

One of the best thing is to rent a boat or a catamaran and spend 1 hour of peace in the lake.

Donetsk, lake of the parkview of the bridge (photo taken from the boat)

All these places are very beautiful to visit only at the condition that you are in Donetsk non in Winter, late Autumn or the beginning of Spring.

During this time you will probable see a totally different environment. The temperature can fall in winter at -20 C (not in the night but during the day!) and very seldom is +0 degrees.

Donetsk, the lake in Winterthis iced field is the lake in winter

Donetsk, Pushkin bul. in Winterthis is Pushkin bul. in the evening

Donetsk, Atrema street in Wintera street in the evening (winter)

Anyway Donetsk is, as we said already, a large city and for this reason don’t miss places, such as cinemas, trade – leisure centers, theaters, restaurants and so on where you can have fun without dieing for the cold.

Donetsk, trade center Zolotoe Kolzotrade center Zolotoe Kolzo

A particular place worthy of a visit is the local planetarium, considered to be the main one in Ukraine and more in general in the region.

Donetsk, planetariumplanetarium

Before to close this guide, we remember that in Donetsk there is still no metro even if exist for already many years a project for to build one.

Where to stay in Donetsk

In the city there are many hotels, among all them the Donbass Palace, located right next the main square and Pushkin boulevard is the most famouse.
This is hotel is own by the same owner of the football team Shakhtar which is also the richest man of Ukraine: Rinat Akhmetov.Another hotel with a good location is the Central hotel (Artema ul. not far from Lenin square).
If you prefer you can try to find a flat for rent, it is not as easy as in Kiev or in Lviv but you can try to give a look at:

How to arrive in Donetsk

You can get there by plane using Austrian, Lufthansa or Turkish airline. (If you come from Russia there also other flights).
Sometimes it is cheaper to fly to Kiev and then from there take the Donbassaero / Aerosvit to Donetsk.

If you are already in Kiev or in another Ukrainian city you can take the train. (the same if you are in Russia or Bielorussia)

These are not all the possibilities but just some of the most convinient. There is also a train coming from Berlin that goes to Donetsk but maybe it is not the easiest way to get there unless you like to travel in train for days.


For to know about the Donetsk airport:

For to know about the trains in Ukraine: