Israel-Ukraine relations are foreign relations between Israel and Ukraine. Both countries established diplomatic relation on December 26, 1991. Israel has an embassy in Kiev. Ukraine has an embassy in Tel Aviv and a consulate-general in Haifa. In July 2010 the foreign ministers of two countries sign an agreement of non visa traffic between Israel and Ukraine. This came into effect on February 9, 2011 and since then Ukrainians and Israelis may enter territory, travel through it or stay on Ukraine/Israel without having to obtain visas for 90 days within a period of 180 days.
New site of the Embassy of Israel to Ukraine: http://embassies.gov.il/kiev
Basic factors in relations
As Ukraine is rich with Jewish history, it plays a major part in Israeli education for young generation of Jews. In addition, Ukraine is also rich in religious history and contains the grave of Rabbi Nahman of Breslev, which is a pilgrimage site to many religious Jews. As Israel and the West Bank contain rich Christian history, Ukrainians come to Israel as religious pilgrims. This is especially true regarding Jerusalem, with its Russian Orthodox holy sites.
For Jews worldwide, Ukraine also holds many memories regarding the Holocaust, as the site of Babi Yar is in its territory.
As Ukraine is a newly independent state, this serves to create a common sense of identity of Ukraine and Israel as nations who gained their independence in the 20th century.
Human trafficking of Ukrainian women in Israel
As the globalization led to increase in human trafficking, many Ukrainian women are being sold for purposes of prostitution, Israel being a major destination for Ukrainian women trafficked. The Ukrainian embassy in Israel has registered 3 cases of Ukrainian women brought into the country for prostitution in 1999, and 26 such cases in 2000. The real number, however, is much higher than that brought to the attention of the Ukrainian embassy.
- Dirar Abu Seesi abduction
- From the history of the Ukrainian Embassy
- Правительство Израиля проголосовало за отмену визового режима с Украиной КорреспонденТ.net June 20, 2010
- Visa-free travel between Ukraine and Israel to start on Feb.9, Kyiv Post (February 8, 2010)
- Ukraine's Human Trafficking Statistics for 2006
- Donna M. Hughes and Tatyana Denisova, Trafficking in Women From Ukraine (2002)
- Israeli embassy in Kiev
- Ukrainian embassy in Tel Aviv (new version of the website)
- Ukrainian embassy in Tel Aviv (old version of the website)