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    Old Love: Ukrainians Return to Crimea

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    Crimea is becoming a favorite vacationing spot for Ukrainians again, the Kiev-based newspaper Vesti wrote.

    Many Ukrainian tour companies are back on the Black Sea peninsula to cater to thousands of holidaymakers from the country’s central and eastern regions that plan to spend their vacations in Crimea.

    “An estimated 15,000 are expected to come this year – not too many of course, but still a notable jump from what they had the past two years,” the newspaper wrote.

    According to Ukrainian tour operators, most of the returnees are people who used to spend their vacations in Crimea before and those who have relatives and friends living there.

    Big hotels and sanatoriums are very popular, just like smaller hotels and private lodgings with the bulk of vacationers heading to Crimea’s southern coast undeterred by transportation hassles and the vast amount of paperwork they have to deal with along the way, Vesti wrote.

    Two weeks at a local sanatorium will set you back about 60,000 rubles (just over $1,000), which is way less than one had to shell out in 2013. 
    On March 16, 2014, 96 percent of Crimean residents voted in a referendum to secede from Ukraine and join Russia.

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