ASIA China (Security threat level – 3): On 23 November...
Indonesia (Security threat level – 4): At approximately 0840 local time (0140 UTC) on 25 February 2022, a 6.2 magnitude earthquake struck approximately 65 km (40 mi) north-northwest of Bukittinggi — a mountainous town located nearly 45 km north of West Sumatra’s provincial capital Padang — at an estimated depth of 12 km, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. Quake-related shaking was felt as far away as Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia’s capital, and also in Singapore. Dozens of homes and buildings were damaged in areas close to the epicenter, particularly in the West Pasaman and Pasaman districts. At least seven people were killed and approximately 85 others were injured, according to a spokesperson for the National Disaster Mitigation Agency.
Ukraine (Security threat level – 5): As of the afternoon hours of 25 February 2022, Russian forces have entered the northern area of the capital Kyiv, a day after Russia launched military actions against Ukraine. Russian troops initially reached the northwestern outskirts of the capital during the morning hours and the Ukrainian military has since been attempting to stop Russian troops from entering the city. Gunfire and explosions have been reported in the Oblonsky district, and there are reports of blasts in the city center. Ukrainian military vehicles are being deployed across the city in an effort to prevent Russian forces from seizing control. Earlier in the day, a rocket struck a multi-story residential apartment building in the city, injuring three people. Additionally, the Russian Defense Ministry claims that its forces have captured Hostomel’s Antonov Airport (UKKM/GML) — located nearly 40 km (25 mi) northwest of downtown Kyiv — where intense fighting between Russian and Ukrainian forces had been ongoing since the previous day. Elsewhere in Ukraine, Russia captured the island of Zminyi (Snake Island) in the northwestern Black Sea, killing the 13 Ukrainian border guards stationed on the island after they refused to stand down. Fighting between Ukrainian and Russian forces remains underway in other areas of the country, including in the cities of Chernihiv and Sumy. Conflicting reports continue to emerge regarding casualty figures; the United Kingdom’s minister of armed forces stated that 194 Ukrainians, including 57 civilians, and 450 Russian soldiers have been killed so far.
Meanwhile, Russian forces have seized control of the area surrounding the former Chernobyl nuclear power plant, located approximately 135 km northeast of Kyiv. The Ukrainian government’s nuclear agency has since stated that the condition at the facility remains unchanged but reported increased radiation levels near the site, attributing it to the movement of a large number of military vehicles that lifted radioactive dust into the air. The Russian military maintains that the radiation levels in the area remain normal.
Haiti (Security threat level – 5): On 24 February 2022, the U.S. Embassy in Port-au-Prince issued a Security Alert, which reads in part as follows: “Effective February 24, the U.S. Embassy will restrict non-official travel of its direct-hire U.S. citizen staff to the immediate Embassy area, for security reasons. The U.S. Embassy in Port-au-Prince regularly reviews its security posture and will notify the U.S. citizen community of changes to this travel restriction.”
Russia (Security threat level – 3): On 24 February 2022, the U.S. Embassy in Moscow issued a Security Alert regarding airport closures, which reads in part as follows: “There are reports of Russian attacks on targets in several Ukrainian cities, including Kyiv. As part of its military invasion of Ukraine, the government of Russia imposed airspace restrictions and closed a number of Russian commercial airports until at least March 2. Additional airport closures and restrictions to Russian airspace may occur with little or no notice. Airports currently closed include: