Russia, Ukraine at ‘Level 4: Do Not Travel’

The U.S. State Department on Sunday issued updated Level 4 travel advisories for Russia and Ukraine and began promoting a phone helpline for Ukraine-related calls.The State Department’s travel advisory on Russia warns Americans to not travel there “due to ongoing tension along the border with Ukraine, the potential for harassment against U.S. citizens, the embassy’s limited ability to assist U.S. citizens in Russia, COVID-19 and related entry restrictions, terrorism, harassment by Russian government security officials, and the arbitrary enforcement of local law [original emphasis].”
Americans were warned Sunday by the Department to not travel to Ukraine “due to the increased threats of Russian military action and COVID-19. Exercise increased caution in Ukraine due to crime and civil unrest. Some areas have increased risk.” Areas with increased risk include Crimea, which is occupied by Russian forces, and Donetsk and Luhansk, parts of which are controlled by Russia-led forces.
“Level 4: Do Not Travel” is the highest advisory level issued by the State Department. While some Level 4 advisories have been issued due …

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