Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Kyiv, Ukraine (June 15, 2018)

Location: Kyiv, Ukraine

Event:  The KyivPride March will take place in central Kyiv on Sunday, June 17, 2018. The march is expected to begin at approximately 10:00 a.m. near the Teacher’s House, at the crossroads of Volodymyrska and Khmelnytskoho streets.  The march will end near Lva Tolstoho Square/metro station at approximately 11:30 a.m.

Local press has reported some groups have expressed a desire to disrupt this event by conducting counter-demonstrations and/or harassing participants upon conclusion. Ukrainian law enforcement and security services have advised they will cordon off the march route and deploy both uniformed and plain clothes officers to provide security for those who wish to participate in the march.

Expect a heavier than normal police presence in the vicinity of the event. Also expect additional street closures, restrictions, and searches of persons and bags. Note that even peaceful demonstrations can become violent without warning and may attract petty criminals and hooligans.

Actions to Take:

  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Keep a low profile.
  • Identify available exit routes should a problem arise.
  • Comply with instructions from local law enforcement.
  • Monitor local media for updates.


  • U.S. Embassy – Kyiv, Ukraine


+380-44-521-5000 (after hours)

  • State Department – Consular Affairs

888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444