Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Kyiv, Ukraine (May 23, 2019)

Location: Ukraine, countrywide

Event:  The U.S. Embassy in Kyiv advises U.S. citizens of a growing crime trend across Ukraine.  Foreign visitors report being befriended by a previously unknown individual and subsequently becoming ill and/or unconscious after having a drink, and then being robbed. The perpetrator may initially make contact with victims by claiming to be a traveler in need of assistance.

Actions to Take:

  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Do not leave drinks unattended.
  • Stay alert in locations frequented by tourists/Westerners.
  • Do not display signs of wealth.
  • Be vigilant when visiting banks or ATMs.


  • U.S. Embassy – Kyiv, Ukraine


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

  • State Department – Consular Affairs

888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444