Local legend has it that Kiev’s roots date as far back as 482 A.D., when a family of orphans –three brothers and one fair sister—built their homes at this scenic site on the Dniepro, giving rise to what was later to become the eastern center of Slavic culture. The journey from settlement to motherland, however, has had more than its share of -er- bumps along the way. Alternatively ravaged or ruled by Mongols, Poles, Lithuanians, Tsars, Nazis, and Soviets, the Ukrainian capital today stands on its own, and is considered a democratically free state. Compared with the pace of regional history, the transformation from a socialist economy to a full-steam-ahead, private one is on fast-forward. Modern Kiev is as livable as virtually anywhere in Western Europe, yet draws on the energy of a slightly unpredictable Slavic heart: boring, it’s not. Let Move One’s video introduction be your first stop in getting to know this unforgettably compelling capital.
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Safety and Security
On the whole Kiev is considered a safe city. However, like any major city in the world, it can experience the usual petty crime. Crimes against expatriates are not unheard of, so it is worth doubling up on common sense and paying close attention to your surroundings.
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Kiev has a humid continental climate. The warmest months are June, July, and August, with mean temperatures of 13.8 to 24.8 °C (57 to 77 °F). The coldest are December, January, and February, with mean temperatures of -4.6 to -1.1 °C (24 to 30 °F). The highest ever temperature recorded in the city was 39.4 °C (102.9 °F) on 31 July 1936. The coldest temperature ever recorded in the city was ?32.2 °C (?26.0 °F) on 7 & 9 February 1929. Snow cover usually lies from mid-November to the end of March, with the frost-free period lasting 180 days on average, but surpassing 200 days in recent years.
Find a temperature chart for average weather conditions here.