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A safety update from Eastern European Study Abroad

Feb 27, 2014

EESA would like to issue an update on the situation in Ukraine.  At this time, EESA does not foresee any threat to the students currently in Kharkiv and is taking all necessary measurements to maintain a safe environment for all EESA participants. Furthermore, EESA would like to state that the 2014 programs for the summer and fall will be taking place as scheduled. EESA anticipates that by the beginning of these terms, the situation in Ukraine will be stabilized and safe.

The political situation in Ukraine, EESA’s host country, has recently taken a 180-turn in just a matter of several days. This was a result of peoples’ protest that was happening in Kyiv since late November 2013. On February 18, the clashes between demonstrators and the police escalated to a new level causing dozens of deaths. On February 22, President Yanukovych and many senior officials departed the capital, Kyiv.  Since then, the Parliament passed a number of resolutions including the appointment of a new acting president, a new government and initiating a complete personnel rotation for the major positions in power in the country. They also enacted amnesty for political prisoners and set Ukraine’s course towards European integration and implementation of European standards for democracy and human rights. While the situation has stabilized significantly, there are still demonstrations taking place in Kyiv and other regions of Ukraine.

EESA has been monitoring the situation very closely. EESA receives updates from the United States Embassy in Kyiv regarding safety for American citizens residing in Ukraine. The on-site staff is watching the news constantly as the situation unfolds. We stay in close contact with Karazin University and local authorities to have the most up-to-date information on student safety. All universities in Kharkiv are having classes as scheduled at this time. Kharkiv is 770 miles away from Kyiv and the overall situation in Kharkiv is calm and there has been very little unrest.

EESA has strongly urged all students participating on the program, to exercise extreme caution at all times and avoid crowded areas and demonstrations. EESA advises against all independent travel at this time. EESA’s on-site staff in Kharkiv meets and communicates with students on a regular basis to discuss the situation, safety precautions and address any of students' concerns.

The safety of our students is our primary concern and we will keep doing everything in our power to ensure that the students are having a safe and positive study abroad experience with EESA.

Please feel free to get in touch with EESA should you have any questions!

Sincerely,

 

Olga Chase
Executive Director
EESA-Eastern European Study Abroad
info@eesabroad.org
1-970-584-EESA




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