Security situation in eastern regions of Ukraine and especially in Donetsk and Lugansk remains very tense. Antiterrorist operation is in progress in Lugansk and Donetsk regions.
Insurents continue to control areas in the Donetsk and Luhansk Oblasts. These groups have established illegal checkpoints and have threatened, detained, or kidnapped individuals.Foreign visitors are advised to defer all travel to the eastern regions of Donetsk and Luhansk.
Clashes between insurgent elements supported by Russian Federation and Ukrainian forces have escalated.
These clashes have included the use of armored vehicles, aircraft, and other military weapons including surface to air missiles.
It is advisable to avoid any places of mass gathering and to remain indoors in the evening. Even demonstrations or events intended to be peaceful can quickly turn confrontational and escalate into violence.
Installation of the road check-points by pro-Russian armed personnel, on main roads leading to/from Crimean peninsula poses significant security issue for travellers. These units are checking all vehicles with foreign number plates and do not allow them to enter the peninsula. It is advisable to avoid travel to Crimea in in such circumstances.