Most foreign tourists, especially first-time visitors, are likely to be pleasantly surprised by Ukraine during the Euro 2012 football championships played here from June 9 to July 1.

The sun will shine, the games will be played, the beer will be poured and many foreigners will finally see for themselves the beauty of Ukraine and Ukrainians.

However, the bad news is that some foreigners may be scared away from even making the trip in the first place. Or, for those who do make the journey, their pleasant experience may only be relative to the horror stories about life here they’ve encountered lately in the foreign press.

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