Security Alert: Kyiv (Ukraine), Growing Crime Trend Across Europe

Location: Ukraine, countrywide

Event: The U.S. Embassy in Kyiv advises U.S. citizens of a growing crime trend across Ukraine. Foreign visitors report being befriended by a previously unknown individual and subsequently becoming ill and/or unconscious after having a drink, and then being robbed. The perpetrator may initially make contact with victims by claiming to be a traveler in need of assistance.

Actions to Take:

Be aware of your surroundings.

Do not leave drinks unattended.

Stay alert in locations frequented by tourists/Westerners.

Do not display signs of wealth.

Be vigilant when visiting banks or ATMs.

Source: Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC)