New Delhi, Apr 1 UNI | 4 months ago

India today issued a travel advisory to its nationals visiting Ukraine asking them to consider avoiding non-essential travel in view of the ''fluid'' situation in that country and told Indians living there, particularly students in east and south of Ukraine, to stay away from the venue of protests.

''...Indian citizens planning to visit Ukraine may consider
avoiding non-essential travel...It is advisable that Indians in Ukraine, particularly students in east and south of Ukraine,
remain away from the venue of protests,'' the advisory said.

The travel advisory will remain effective till May 30. It asked the people to check invariably with the Ukrainian

embassy about any new regulations including those requiring visitors to hold a minimum amount of cash to meet expenses for

the duration of the visit and restrict the use of debit and credit cards.

The advisory said pursuant to the events leading to the change of government in Ukraine in February 2014 and declaration of independence and referendum in Crimea on March 16, the situation in Ukraine continued to be ''fluid''.

There were continued reports of protests being held in cities of Donetsk, Odessa and other places in the east and south of the country and the Ukrainian authorities had launched
a nationwide operation to recover illegal firearms and stolen weapons that went missing during the recent agitation.

It, however, said educational institutions, businesses and public transport had been functioning normally and there had been no specific reports of foreigners being targeted.

Presidential elections are scheduled for May 25 and the election campaign is expected to get underway shortly.

(Posted on 01-04-2014)