Tensions remain extremely high in central Kyiv, especially in and around Independence Square, European Square and the streets near Parliament. There are credible reports of attacks in other parts of central Kyiv, especially at night. Protesters have occupied public buildings in several cities in western and central Ukraine and have made similar attempts elsewhere. Pay close attention to your personal security and monitor the media for information about possible safety or security risks. You should avoid demonstrations and public gatherings, as even peaceful protests may turn violent. Further protests are expected and the situation is unpredictable.
Most visits are trouble free. But foreign nationals have been the victims of violent crime in Kyiv and other major cities. In some cases attacks have been racially motivated. Travellers of Asian or Afro-Caribbean descent and individuals belonging to religious minorities should take extra care. Don’t lose sight of your credit cards during transactions. If you take the overnight train, make sure your belongings are secure.
Be alert to the possibility of street crime and petty theft. Foreigners may appear to be lucrative targets. Where possible, avoid walking alone late at night in dark or poorly lit streets. Keep valuables and cash safe and out of sight, especially in crowded areas, tourist spots, and public transport, where pickpockets and bag snatchers operate.
A common scam is to drop a wallet or bundle of money in front of a tourist. The criminal then “finds” the money and asks if it is the tourist’s or offers to share the money with them. If you are approached in this way, you should walk away without engaging in conversation.