Security Alert: Government of Ukraine Declares State of Emergency

Location: throughout Ukraine

Event: There are reports that on February 23, the government of Ukraine declared a state of emergency. The decree went into force at midnight on February 24 for 30 days. Each oblast will decide on the measures to be implemented according to local requirements. Measures could include curfews, restrictions on the freedom of movement, ID verification, increased security inspections; and other measures.

On February 24, 2022, the Government of Ukraine closed its airspace to all commercial flights due to Russian military actions. U.S. citizens should not travel to Ukraine, and those in Ukraine should depart immediately using commercial or other privately available ground transportation options. The Department previously ordered the departure of most U.S. direct hire employees from Embassy Kyiv on February 12, 2022.

Actions to Take:

  • The Department of State continues to urge U.S. citizens to depart Ukraine immediately using commercial or private means due to the increased threat of Russian military action.
  • Follow any state of emergency measures imposed in your oblast.
  • Carry ID and ensure travel documents are valid and easily accessible.
  • Monitor local and international news and social media news channels for updates.

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