On 25 March 2009 the U.S. Embassy in Kiev issued the following Warden Message: “Recently, private U.S. citizens resident in or visiting Kyiv have reported seven violent criminal assaults and robberies directed against foreign nationals by a gang of street criminals. These reported activities have occurred in and around the areas surrounding OBriens Pub and the Hyatt Hotel in Kyiv.
“After an extensive check, the Regional Security Office of the Embassy has been unable to confirm these incidents; however, crime is a serious problem in Kyiv and as the economic situation worsens, violent criminal incidents — robberies, burglaries, and assaults — are expected to increase. As a reasonable precaution, the Embassy strongly recommends all U.S. citizens exercise an increased level of security awareness and report any criminal incident to the Embassy. …”