: Uber launches in Ukraine

11:09 Jun. 30, 2016

Uber launches in Ukraine

In this Dec. 16, 2014, file photo a man leaves the headquarters of Uber in San Francisco. (AP Photo)

Kyiv joins the 'booming' network of controversial ride-hailing app

International service Uber officially launches in Kyiv on Thursday, June 30, Ukrainian online tech media outlet AIN.UA reports.

The drivers who want to work with Uber must have a license for passenger transportation and a police clearance certificate.

In February, Kyiv taxi drivers gathered to protest against the popular online service, angry about future competition it might bring to the transportation market.

Ukraine's government officials met with Uber representatives in December 2015 to discuss the terms of the company's entering Ukraine. "We're looking forward to Uber in Ukraine," then-economy minister Aivaras Abromavicius wrote on Twitter.

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