Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Commemoration Events February 19-21

U.S. Embassy Kyiv informs U.S. citizens that this weekend, February 19-21, will mark the anniversary of the over 100 people who died during the Revolution of Dignity in February 2014. Organizers have planned a variety of public events to take place in Kyiv from February 19-21. During this period, there may be marches, unexpected street closures, and other events in Kyiv and other cities throughout Ukraine.

U.S. citizens are advised to avoid large public gatherings, including demonstrations, marches, and other events during the February 19-21 weekend. Even public gatherings intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence. You should exercise caution if in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations.

At all times, the U.S. Embassy recommends that U.S. citizens remain aware of their surroundings, especially of unattended bags, and monitor local media for updates. Maintain a high level of vigilance and take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security.

For further security information in Ukraine:

  • See the State Department’s travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Ukraine Country Specific Information.
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
  • Contact the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine, located at 4 A.I Sikorsky Street (formerly Tankova) at +380-44-521-5566, or e-mail 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. After-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is +380-44-521-5000.
  • Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada, at 1-202-501-4444 from other countries. These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).
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