Travel Alert – Ukraine – Conflict Increases…

Drum Cussac has issued this latest warning for U.S. Citizens traveling in the country of Ukraine.  This information is available to GeoBlue plan members from the GeoBlue website daily…

Health Concerns Elevated due to Rising Dengue Cases

Government Warning Issued for Ukraine

Category: Conflict

Severity: 4 (High)

Source: Drum Cussac

07/12/2014 (Ukraine) – Russian-based media outlets on Friday, 11 July, stated that several people were killed after Ukrainian soldiers carried out an artillery attack on the city of Luhansk earlier that day. According to press accounts, a bus station and a nearby taxi stand in a residential area were hit, whilst other sources reported that branch of the East Ukrainian Bank, the Luhansk clinic and a railway station came under mortar fire. 

In addition, government troops reportedly launched an attack on militants near Alksandrovka village on Friday. It remains unclear if there were any casualties. A Russian-based media outlet has also reported that an airstrike targeting the city of Krasnodon was carried out early on Friday, hitting a local shop. Two people were killed and several others were injured. 

Despite calls for restraint and a ceasefire in the east, fighting between government troops and separatist militants persists as both sides attempt to establish control of the regions of Luhansk and Donetsk. There are also concerns over further clashes as Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has vowed to intensify its operations to eliminate separatist elements responsible for a fatal rocket attack in the vicinity of the border village of Zelenopillya, which left at least 30 servicemen dead and dozens injured early on Friday. 

The ongoing conflict has forced residents in the east to flee, with reports on Friday stating that some 3,000 people from the city of Luhansk had moved to the western city of Lviv. Nearly 500 civilians have also been killed and more than 1,300 others have been wounded, according to the Health Ministry. In addition, transport services and businesses have been intermittently disrupted in Luhansk and Donetsk since the government launched operations to crack down on separatist militants in mid-April 2014. 

The situation in the Luhansk and Donetsk regions is assessed as extremely fluid. As such, travel to eastern areas with a rebel presence should be deferred at this time. Strategic border areas should be avoided as territorial control changes hands and further attacks are likely to occur. Those in Donetsk and Luhansk regions should assess the importance of continued operations in eastern areas in the face of a quickly deteriorating security environment. Evacuation plans should be in place in the event that air, train or highway travel becomes impossible.

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