University of Pittsburgh assistant professor of economics Tymofiy Mylovanov is in Kiev participating in talks with the Prime Minister of Ukraine to try and help stabilize the country after this past winter's events.
Mylovanov’s visit is at a time of extreme tension after a civilian plane was shot down as it was flying over Ukraine.
Mylovanov said Kiev was surprisingly quiet when he arrived.
"It's a little bit of a surreal feeling. It is as if there was no war. There are no military or uniformed police on the streets and everything was very, very quiet."
To add to this surreal feeling, Ukrainian government officials still can't view the crash site because separatists have closed off access. It's believed that they may be clearing the site so there will be no evidence that they were responsible for shooting down the plane.
The officials appear to have accepted that separatists are responsible for the downed plane and instead of discussing the plane, Mylovanov said officials are focusing on reform efforts.