Location: In and Around Maidan Square, Kyiv, Ukraine
Event: Ukrainian Independence Day is August 24. The celebration in Kyiv will commence with a parade beginning at Independence Square (Maidan Square) at 9:00 am and end at approximately 12:00 pm. You should expect heavy police presence in the area in addition to bag searches and road closures.
At approximately 11:30 am, an alternative march will begin at Shevchenko University and proceed to Maidan Square. Organizers have stated that the march will be peaceful, but confrontations with security forces are possible. A large number of participants are expected and additional street closures will be necessary.
Actions to Take:
•Be aware of your surroundings.
•Carry proper identification at all times, including a U.S. passport.
•Avoid crowds and demonstrations.
•Exercise caution if unexpectedly in the vicinity of large gatherings or protests.
•Monitor local media for updates.
•Keep a low profile.
•U.S. Embassy – Kyiv, Ukraine
+380-44-521-5000 (after hours)
•State Department – Consular Affairs
888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444
•Ukraine Country Information
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