US orders families of Kyiv embassy staffers to depart Ukraine; non-essential staff told they can leave
On January 23, 2022, the Department of State authorized the voluntary departure of U.S. direct hire
employees and ordered the departure of eligible family members from Embassy Kyiv due to the continued
threat of Russian military action. U.S. citizens in Ukraine should consider departing now using commercial
or other privately available transportation options.
There are reports Russia is planning significant military action against Ukraine. The security conditions,
particularly along Ukraine's borders, in Russia-occupied Crimea, and in Russia-controlled eastern Ukraine,
are unpredictable and can deteriorate with little notice. Demonstrations, which have turned violent at times,
regularly occur throughout Ukraine, including in Kyiv.
U.S. citizens in Ukraine should be aware that Russian military action anywhere in Ukraine would severely
impact the U.S. Embassy's ability to provide consular services, including assistance to U.S. citizens in
departing Ukraine. For more information, please review what the U.S. government can and cannot do to
assist you in a crisis overseas.
The Department asks all U.S. citizens in Ukraine to complete an online form at
https://cacms.state.gov/s/crisis-intake so that we may better communicate with you. This is especially
important if you plan to remain in Ukraine.
Crimea - Do Not Travel
Russia occupies and has attempted to annex Ukraine's Crimea peninsula, and there is extensive Russian
Federation military presence in Crimea. Occupation authorities continue to abuse and arbitrarily imprison
foreigners and the local population, particularly individuals who are seen as opposing Russia's occupation of
the peninsula. The U.S. government prohibits its employees from traveling to Crimea and is unable to
provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in Crimea.
Donetsk and Luhansk - Do Not Travel
Russia-led forces control areas of the Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts, where the ongoing armed conflict has
resulted in more than 14,000 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 U.S.
government restricts U.S. government employees from traveling to the eastern parts of the Donetsk and
Luhansk oblasts and adjacent regions, which limits the ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens
in these regions.
Crime targeting foreigners and property is common. Politically targeted assassinations and bombings have
also occurred. There are reports of violent attacks on minority groups and police by radical groups.
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