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Ukrainians Gain Visa-Free Travel To Israel

Israeli officers light candles near the mass grave at Babyn Yar in Kyiv.
KYIV -- Ukrainians will be able to visit Israel without visas beginning on February 9, RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service reports.

Ukrainian Foreign Ministry spokesman Oleksandr Dikusarov told journalists that all citizens with a passport will be able to visit Israel for 90 days without a visa. Israelis will enjoy the same visa-free travel privileges to Ukraine.

Dikusarov said the Israeli-Ukrainian visa agreement will boost bilateral political dialogue, trade, and socio-economic relations between the two countries.

He added that Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych and his Israeli counterpart Shimon Peres will discuss the further development of bilateral ties on November 24.

Peres -- who will be in Ukraine until November 26 -- is scheduled to end his visit in the eastern city of Dnipropetrovsk.

* CORRECTED: This story originally mistakenly stated that Peres would begin his visit in Dnipropetrovsk.

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