It may look beautiful to some people, but Ukraine in winter is COLD.
Maybe sometimes too cold for western europeans who live here.
Right now its -20 C degrees outside and with the wind chill factor its about -28 degrees.
Thats just in Kyiv. Outside the city in the 'Real Ukraine', its even colder.
The Kyiv city council haven't organised the clearing of snow and ice from the streets and pavements as they have done in previous years. Even walking along the main streets in Kyiv is dangerous. The easiest way to spot foreigners in winter, is just to catch a glipse of those falling over on the pavements. Ukrainians learn how to walk quickly along the streets at an early age, unlike we westerners who have never really understood how to stay up right in winter.