US State Department enlists Ukraine to countries where Americans should travel with special care

Source : 112 Ukraine

The stay in some regions of the country can be dangerous due to the crimes and civil unrest
19:59, 11 January 2018

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The US State Department of State enlisted Ukraine to the group of the countries where the Americans should travel with the special care. It is stated at the travel advisory published at the website of the US State Department.

It is noted that the Americans should not travel to Crimea due to the foreign occupation and excessive use of the powers by the local 'authorities'.

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'There is extensive Russian Federation military presence in Crimea as part of Russia’s occupation and attempted annexation of this part of Ukraine, which the international community, including the United States and Ukraine, does not recognize. There are continuing abuses against and arbitrary imprisonment of foreigners and the local population by the occupation authorities in Crimea, particularly, abuses against individuals who are seen as challenging Russian authority on the peninsula', the message said.

Also, it is noted that the Americans should not travel to the territories of Donetsk and Luhansk regions not controlled by Ukraine as the Donbas Conflict already led to the thousands of the deaths.

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'Russia-led forces continue to control areas of the Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts, where the ongoing armed conflict has resulted in over 10,000 deaths. Individuals, including U.S. citizens, have been threatened, detained, or kidnapped for hours or days after being stopped at checkpoints controlled by Russia-led forces', the message claimed.

Moreover, the capital of Ukraine is also in the risk zone. According to the US State Department, Kyiv is dangerous for the tourists due to the crimes, protests and political events.

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The Americans are warned that if a citizen decides to travel there and gets in the trouble then it will be difficult for the US government to influence in any way since it has limited ability to provide emergency services to the US citizens.

According to the data of the Ukrainian Interior Ministry, 1551 murders were committed in Ukraine in 2017 and 89% of them were solved. Moreover, Serhy Knyazev, the Head of the National Police reported that the number of the solved crimes grew by 40,000 cases – compared to the index reached in 2016.

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Earlier it was reported that the lowest number of crimes in the last 5 years was reported in Ukraine over the New Year’s holidays in 2018.

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