Online Gambling in Ukraine
Back in 2014, Russian president Vladimir Putin announced country’s plans to make the Crimea zone an attractive gambling hub that would join the likes of Macao and Las Vegas. However, online gambling legalization was never brought to the agenda.
According to the current legislation, both operators and casino customers are prosecuted for participating in online gambling activities. That being said, the gambling industry in Ukraine is not dead, it is just not generating revenue for the country’s coffers.
The complete ban on gambling raises common concerns, though. First of all, Ukraine is allowing international operators to serve Ukrainian customers without paying a license fee or any other kind of fee. Second, local players cannot count on protection if they fall victim to a fraud. Last but not least, there is a considerable risk of problem gambling issues as players do not receive any assistance to fight their gambling addiction.
It turns out that their financial and mental well-being is in their own hands. Given the situation, the most sensible advice we can give you is to always check the casino’s license, the available payment methods, overall reputation and avoid rogue ones at all costs.
UPDATE: According to information from October 2nd, 2019, published in Ukrainian media, the Government is preparing to legalise online gambling and allow the establishment of land-based gambling halls under certain conditions. The draft law is expected to pass in 2020.