Prague - The Foreign Ministry today strongly recommended that Czech citizens do not go to eastern Ukraine and the southwestern city of Odessa, where government forces have been clashing with pro-Russian separatists, and it called on the Czechs staying in these regions to leave immediately.
Proruský separatista střeží barikádu poblíž administrativní budovy ve východoukrajinském Slavjansku. ČTK/AP Darko Vojinovic
The ministry strongly recommends that Czech citizens cancel or postpone their visits to the Luhansk and Donetsk regions, where the anti-terrorist operation of the Ukrainian government is underway, and Odessa, where more than 40 people tragically died in a burning building last weekend due to violent clashes.
The ministry also warned against trips to the Kharkiv region and the Crimean peninsula, which left Ukraine and joined the Russian Federation in March, as well as to other south-eastern provinces of the country.
In connection with the Ukrainian presidential election scheduled for May 25, the ministry advised people to avoid public rallies and places where many people gather.
The ministry expects a number of provocations to be staged on the election day and during the weeks before and after the election.
The German Foreign Ministry issued a similar warning addressed to the German population today.
On April 25, a team of OSCE observers, including a Czech soldier, was detained by pro-Russian radicals in Slaviansk, east Ukraine. The observers were finally released after eight days, on May 3.