The U.S. State Department has included Ukraine in the second group of countries out of four in terms of level of security for U.S. citizens the countries in which they should exercise increased caution.
"Exercise increased caution in Ukraine due to crime and civil unrest. Some areas have increased risk," reads a travel advisory posted on the website of the Department of State.In particular, it is recommended not to visit Crimea and eastern parts of Donetsk and Luhansk regions.
"There are continuing abuses against and arbitrary imprisonment of foreigners and the local population by the occupation authorities in Crimea, particularly abuses against individuals who are seen as challenging Russian authority on the peninsula," reads the advisory.
Regarding Donbas, the travel advisory notes that "Russia-led forces continue to control areas of the Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts.