THE WAR IN UKRAINE
Is it Safe in Kiev
Kiev (Kyiv) is as modern city far away from the war in the east of the country.
Yes! It is safe in Kyiv. For example the level of crime in Paris is much higher than in Kiev. Take normal precautions as you would in any foreign city. Be alert and aware of your surroundings and pay attention to local news media.
The war is in the east of Ukraine is 700km away. The situation in Kyiv and other areas outside Donetsk and Luhansk is generally calm. Public demonstrations occasionally take place at Maydan Nezalezhnosti (Independence Square) in Kiev and in and around government buildings such as the Verkhovna Rada (parliament building) and the National Bank of Ukraine. As a tourist the most likely crime threat is pick-pockets, scams and minor incidents. Kiev is tourist friendly and you are very unlikely to feel in danger.
Covid-19 has meant there are some travel restrictions to Kiev Ukraine. Before travelling please check your countries foreign travel advice or click on the links below.
How safe is Kiev (Kyiv)
Kiev is safer than Paris, London, New York and many other major capital cities
Most people do not know much about Ukraine. The news only reports about the war in the East, and Russia is doing it's best to destabilize Ukraine by putting out misinformation.
But the facts contradict perception. Kiev 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.
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
Maidan - Revolution of Dignity
"More than 10,000 dead, nearly 24,000 wounded and approximately 1.8 million people displaced, this is the human cost of Russian aggression in Ukraine"
It is more than five 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.
The Fight for Ukraine
"Putin is a dictator. He rules over an autocratic kleptocracy heavily reliant on censorship and intimidation. He feels threatened by a democratic revolution in a neighbouring state. Putin cannot allow Ukraine to flourish as a democracy as this would expose him as the fraud that he is"
Ukraine is a mineral rich and geographically the centre of Europe. It has the potential to become a wealthy free market economy. Ukraine free from corruption and political influence from Russia is Putin’s worst nightmare. For Russian people to see a successful economic democracy would destroy the myth of everything they had been told about western capitalism. It would be the beginning of the end for Putin and his corrupt regime. Putin believes he has no choice; he is a KGB left over political dinosaur stuck in the communist era. He will continue to secure Crimea and destabilise Ukraine to create a reason to invade and destroy Ukraine. Sanctions from the West have brought Russia’s economy tumbling. Yet maybe the greatest threat to Ukraine comes from within. Corruption is part of daily life in Ukraine and most know little else. It would appear that President Poroshenko is still part of the problem and not the solution. Poroshenko has failed to reform the judicial system and corrupt judges continue to work. The system itself seems set up to encourage corruption, most government employees are low paid so bribes are an attractive temptation. But there is hope, a new younger generation is coming through. A generation embracing western values and intent on building a better future for Ukraine. But they are fighting alone, the west and the EU has been too weak to condemn Russia and support Ukraine with military and arms for fear of causing another world war. Ukraine must not be forgotten.