Is Ukraine safe for travel in view of the recent events and the conflict with the pro-Russian forces in the east? The short answer is yes, Lviv and Western and Central Ukraine including Kyiv are safe. Travelers to Western Ukraine should follow common traveler safety rules as in other countries. Lviv Ecotour operates in Western Ukraine and Poland within driving distance of Lviv where travelers’ safety standards are comparable to other Eastern European countries.
The conflict zone at the Russian border is over 1000 km (more than 600 miles) to the east. In Western Ukraine, there are no signs of the conflict in the east. The slump of the Ukrainian currency against the Dollar and Euro is perhaps the only visible result of unrest near the Russian border.
Western Ukraine has always been safe for tourists and Lviv’s popularity as a tourist destination has grown lately. Many tourists can be seen in the streets of Lviv today, mostly from Eastern Europe and countries further west. Travel advisories issued by the USA and Canadian governments for Ukraine are for Crimea and east Ukrainian cities of Donets and Luhansk.