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.
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.
It is completely possible in Ukraine to bribe the police and avoid a drink driving or other serious motoring conviction.
Acts of mindless drunken violence such as those which commonly occur in British cities are rare.
We personally consider it much better to leave our passports in a safe place than to routinely carry it in person and risk losing them. If you have committed an offence they will usually give you the option of going down the official route or paying a bribe and going on your way.
Having said that, official guidance from both the US and British embassies states that visitors should carry their passports with them at all times and keep copies in case of loss or theft. They are notoriously corrupt, though you should only come into contact with them if you are driving. Paying the bribe is cheaper than the official fine and less hassle.
There are, however, reports of racist attacks on those of African and Middle Eastern appearance.
Under Ukrainian law you are supposed to carry your passport with you at all times.