Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Kyiv, Ukraine (June 21, 2019)

Location: U.S. Embassy Kyiv, Ukraine

Event:  On June 23, 2019, Kyiv will host a Pride March near the city center in the area between the Opera House and Taras Shevchenko Park.  The event is expected to begin at 8:30 a.m. and end at 12:30 p.m.  Numerous road closures and police checkpoints are expected to be in place, making travel around the city difficult.

Media reports opposition groups have expressed a desire to disrupt this event by conducting counter demonstrations.  Press outlets have also reported violent acts against attendees at a related film festival on June 20, 2019.

Embassy staff have been strongly encouraged to avoid the area, if not participating in the parade.

Actions to Take:

  • Expect a heavy police presence at metro stations and the parade area.
  • Cooperate and comply with local law enforcement instructions.
  • U.S. citizens should review their personal security plans. Identify exit routes along the path of the parade.
  • Exercise caution if within the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations.
  • Monitor local news stations for updates.


  • U.S. Embassy – Kyiv, Ukraine


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

  • State Department – Consular Affairs

888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444