The U.S. Embassy in Kyiv informs U.S. citizens that on October 17, 2017, a demonstration of approximately 5,000 participants took place outside the building housing the Ukrainian parliament, or Rada. Some demonstrators reportedly clashed with police. Although clashes appear to be over, flare-ups cannot be discounted.
The U.S. Embassy recommends that U.S. citizens review their personal security plans. 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.
- Review your personal security plans and remain aware of your surroundings, including local events.
- Monitor local news stations for updates.
- Maintain a high level of vigilance and take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security.
The U.S. Embassy reminds U.S. citizens to cooperate and comply with instructions from local law enforcement. In addition, it is usually best to identify easy exit routes should a problem arise with short notice.
For further information about security in Ukraine:
- The U.S. Embassy in Kyiv is located at 4 A.I. Sikorsky St., 04112 Kyiv, Ukraine. If you are a U.S. citizen in need of emergency assistance, please call +38-044-521-5566 during regular business hours or +38-044-521-5000 after hours. For non-emergency assistance, you can reach us via e-mail at KyivACS@state.gov
- See the Department of State’s travel website (https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en.html) for the Worldwide Caution (http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/alertswarnings/worldwide-caution.html) , Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts (https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/alertswarnings.html) , and Country Specific Information (http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/country.html) .
- Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP, https://step.state.gov/step/) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.