Britain panics, tells tourists to return from Crimea
The British Foreign Office has advised its citizens to be careful and vigilant in the south-eastern Ukraine, as there are “violent clashes of protesters”. The travellers are advised to immediately leave the peninsula. Those who want to stay in the Crimea are warned that the government cannot provide everyone with consular assistance.
“The situation in Crimea is increasingly tense following the decision of the Russian parliament to authorise military action on Ukrainian soil against the wishes of the Ukrainian Government. Armed men seized Simferopol airport early on 28 February. Flights have now resumed as of 2 March but we do not advise British nationals to leave via this route until the situation becomes more stable. No flights are operating out of Sevastopol (Belbek) airport. Train and bus routes out of the peninsula are still operating. There are reports of road blocks, but traffic is able to get through,” says the British Foreign Office.
The department officials urge those who are in autonomy to leave the country asap, telling those who remain to avoid areas of mass protests and stay home. At the same time the British Foreign Office spooks the Brits with the Crimea, where no one was killed since February 27, and writes that in Kiev (until recently panic-ridden and with armed conflicts) the situation has much improved, though about 100 people were killed on its streets by the ousted government.
“You must be very careful and vigilant throughout Ukraine, but particularly in the south and east of the country. Avoid demonstrations and public gatherings,” appeals the British Foreign Office.
By the Office’s outdated data, in 2012 Ukraine was visited by about 12,000 Britons.