How Safe is Kiev
So is it safe to travel to Ukraine? It would seem the only media news we hear about is that Ukraine is a war zone. Let me put your mind at ease. Ukraine is the second largest country in Europe. It is huge, Western Ukraine by is itself is nearly as large as Germany. Only Russia is larger.
Yes! There is a war in Ukraine, but it is confined to the East around the cities of Donetsk and Lugansk. If you plan to travel to Kiev or Western parts of Ukraine then there is absolutely nothing to be worried about.
Occasionally you might se the odd military personnel in Kiev or reminders of the tragic events of Maidan in 2014. In Kiev (Kyiv) life goes on as normal. The cafe's are full, people stroll around the parks playing with children and you would never guess Ukraine has any problems.
Kiev is safer than Paris, London, New York and many other major capital cities across the world.
Kiev (Kyiv) is much safer than most Western capitals. Official crime statistics from Numbeo put safety in Paris at 57.84 & Kiev at 49.86. Whilst the Crime index in London is 52.93 and Washington USA is 68.84. It is unlikely you will be a victim of major crime in Kiev, but petty crime such as pick-pocketing and scams are a problem as much as any other major city in Europe.
Crime rates in Kiev
General level of crime 49.86 Moderate
Worry of being mugged or robbed 42.44 Moderate
Worry of being attacked 38.80 Low
Worry of being insulted 34.91 Low
Worry of racial abuse 24.06 Low
Violent crime, assault & robbery 37.89 Low
Corruption & bribery 83.06 Very High
Last update: January 2021
Information courtesy of Numbeo
Protecting Yourself Against Crime in Kiev Ukraine
Maidan - Revolution of Dignity
Maidan and the Revolution of Dignity
It is more than seven years since the Revolution of Dignity. Spontaneous demonstrations broke out in November 2013, after President Yanukovych’s government reneged on a promise for integration with the EU. Instead President Yanukovych opted for closer ties with Russia. Overnight, tens-of-thousands of people descended onto Independence square in Kiev and began a peaceful protest. What followed in February 2014 became the reason why Ukraine will never turn towards Russia ever again. Government forces under the directions of the now deposed Viktor Yanukovych began shooting the peaceful protesters. The protest against closer association with Russia is only half the story. The underlying reason was that ordinary Ukrainian people had simply had enough of the politically corrupt government that was stealing billions of dollars from the near bankrupt economy.