There are also many, many street kiosks around the city, some selling fruit, some drinks, some pastry, and always one lined with newspapers. There must be at least 5 Kiev newspapers alone. Education is valued, as well. There is a pedagogical monument to the Father of Education in Ukraine outside the "pedagogy house".
I was also fortunate enough to meet up with a very friendly librarian, a Fulbright scholar who has been working with libraries all over Ukraine for the past 10 months. She showed me the Kyiv Mohyla Academy, a university established in 1615, though only in the 1990's restored to a liberal arts university. I saw the main library, which to my surprise was funded largely by donors from the Canadian diaspora of Ukrainians. It was lovely.