State Department warns Americans on Ukraine travel

March 1, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department is warning U.S. citizens to put off all nonessential travel to Ukraine, and particularly Crimea.

The department cited “the potential for instability” following the ouster of Viktor Yanukovych as president and the establishment of a new government.

Ukrainian officials say armed men described as Russian troops took control of key airports in Crimea on Friday and Russian transport planes flew into the strategic region.

President Barack Obama spoke of “reports” of military movements inside Ukraine, and officials said the U.S does believe that Russia is intervening.

The State Department warns all U.S. citizens in Ukraine, and those considering travel there, to be aware of the possibility of violence.

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