The State Department updated the warning Sunday evening to reflect a shift to a transition period, during which the U.S. still asks citizens to avoid unnecessary travel.
The State Department is advising Americans to defer all non-essential travel to Ukraine because of continuing violence between police and anti-government protesters.
The department’s travel warning authorizes the departure of all family members of U.S. personnel. The department says that while the U.S. Embassy in Kiev will stay open, the ability of the U.S. to respond to emergencies involving Americans in Ukraine is limited.
The advisory issued Friday says U.S. citizens in Ukraine and Americans considering traveling there, quote, “should evaluate their personal security situation in light of the escalating violence.”
Scores of people have been killed and hundreds more injured in clashes between police and protesters. The government is moving closer to Russia. But the protesters want the country to align with the West.
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Photo credit: Anti-government protesters take a break on a barricade at Independence Square in Kiev, Ukraine, Friday, Feb. 21, 2014. Marko Drobnjakovic / AP Photo