WASHINGTON (QHA) -

The Department of State warns U.S. citizens to avoid all travel to the Crimea and the eastern areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions, according to the report on the website of the U.S. department.

“Russian-led separatists continue to control areas in the Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts, where violent clashes have resulted in over 9,000 deaths.  A ceasefire agreement established a de facto dividing line between Ukrainian government-controlled and non-government controlled areas of Ukraine, with a limited number of operational checkpoints controlled by government and Russian-led separatist forces. There have been multiple casualties due to land mines in areas previously controlled by the Russian-led separatists, and both sides of the contact line are mined”, the Department of State reports.

The Department of State also warns that the leaders of the self-proclaimed "DPR" (Donetsk People’s Republic) and "LPR" (Luhansk People’s Republic) “have made statements indicating their desire to push the contact line to the administrative borders of the Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts”. The Department of States also reported about detained and kidnapped people inside the non-government controlled area.

“The situation in Ukraine is unpredictable and could change quickly.  U.S. citizens throughout Ukraine should avoid large crowds and be prepared to remain indoors should protests or demonstrations escalate”, the Department of State warns.

According to the report, “the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) prohibits U.S. civil aviation from flying in the Ukrainian Simferopol (UKFV) and Dnipropetrovsk (UKDV) Flight Information Regions”. 

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