I am a British 4th year medical student currently studing medicine at the St Petersburg State University, Russia and am posting these paragraphs on Russian and Ukrainian medical schools due to the large amount of questions that I am frequently asked, in relation to studying medicine; and the quality thereof in these particular countries.
The quality of medical education in Ukraine is NOT very good! It makes no difference whether you are studying in English or in Russian. This is largely due to the, current, very poor socio-economic conditions. Whilst the cost of medical school is rather cheap in comparison to other Russian, and certainly western medical schools, the level of clinical competence is alarmingly low. It is quiet common to see students handing their lecturers cash to pass exams, should they have failed. Whilst, politically, any graduate of a registered WHO medical school may write the entrance exams to any country, the reality is quiet different! The UK's GMC generaly consideres all medical graduates from Ukraine as quiet incompetant and well below the standards of medical graduates in the UK or any other western medical school for that matter. naturaly they will not openly state this on their website, it is however true non-the-less.
The above is quiet true in relation to some Russian medical schools as well. That being said, I have always advised students to try and select medical schools that are part of a University at large. Eg: Russian medical establishments consists of medical universities and faculty's of medicine that are part of a university. Corruption is, so it seems, common in medical universities. It would be worth your while to rather learn the Russian language and apply to one of the well known universities, such as Moscow University or St Petersburg University, the cost of both medical schools are well in the grasp of anyone considering Russia as a option, and as a medical student at St Petersburg University I can quiet confidently assure you that the standards and clinical skills are easily on a par with any medical school in the UK or western Europe. You will learn so much more, this is a country with an amazing history and spectacular culture and the Russian langauge I find to be quiet interesting indeed. The Russians are not at all cold, contrary to popular believe. Once they get to know you, you will have made a friend for life. They do not believe in false smiles nor do they pretend to like someone, they quiet simply do or they don't. I absolutly admire and respect this particluar quality.
In closeing what am I saying? Studying medicine in Russia is a very secure investment if your funds are limited. You will have no problem practising in europe or els were, so long as you pass the relevent exams. You will definatly be better off learning Russian and applying to a University that has a faculty of medicine as apposed to a medical university, because the university faculty's of medicine are considerably smaller, and therefor have obvious benefits.
I honestly would not advise you to consider any Ukrainian medical school as an option. I did a lot of research into this matter, and as a mature student; 33 years old, I could not afford to make any mistakes.
Hope this answers all your questions