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Last year at the height of tensions between Russia and Ukraine, more Western men were planning their trip to the Black Sea city of Odesa to find their eastern European soulmate than the previous year.
Olena Sosnovska, marriage agency director: Ukrainian internet dating has been seeking to rebrand itself.
They were exchanging messages for months before she invited him to come to Ukraine.
A few days later she received a letter claiming to be from the US military, which was asking Svitlana for airfare.
Online sites are fighting their image of pairing seedy-looking older Western men with young women from poor, impoverished backgrounds.
This is Tetiana, she is a former Ukrainian TV presenter.
Tetiana recently married a Belgian man and moved to his hometown.
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Svitlana Kononenko: But an even larger number of foreign men, disillusioned with dating at home, become victims of intricate online scams while looking for their other half in Ukraine.
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But critics say that the unrealistic expectations of Ukrainian women of what a foreign man might offer makes them easy prey for scammers.
A handsome-looking US soldier introduced himself online to Svitlana.