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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

[INDUSTRY NEWS] Turmoil in Ukraine highlights need for political evacuation insurance

Across the world, international organizations have numerous staff members placed in high-risk, dangerous locations. Political turmoil and instances of violence could occur at a moment's notice, forcing the company to make the tough call about when and how to best evacuate its employees.

In few places is this more relevant today than in Ukraine. Political upheaval and uncertainty about the future climate of the country has placed many expats and members of international organizations in danger. As a result, a number of operations have ceased and workers have left the country in a hurry. If this is the case for your company, a lack of political evacuation insurance might leave you footing the bill for each staff member, costs which would be significant for any organization.

However, the right insurance coverage can provide financial relief and assistance developing an emergency response strategy, so all employees are safe and secure in the event of political turmoil.

Unrest spreads in Ukraine
The situation in Ukraine shows few signs of slowing down anytime soon. According to The Guardian, the acting president - Oleksandr Turchynov - has asked that all military operations against pro-Russian forces resume in the eastern part of the country. This comes on the heels of an alleged report that two men were tortured to death by the separatists.

"The terrorists who effectively took the whole Donetsk region hostage have now gone too far, by starting to torture and murder Ukrainian patriots," said Turchynov, the media outlet reported. "These crimes are being committed with the full support and connivance of the Russian Federation."

While tensions are high in Ukraine, representatives from the U.S. and Russia, along with Ukraine, have been engaging in discussions to solve the growing crisis. However, little progress has been made as of yet, leading to uncertain and volatile security situations across the country.

Peace Corps evacuates members
In response to the current political climate in Ukraine, the U.S. Peace Corps has announced that it has evacuated all of its members based in the country. Before the situation changed, more than 200 volunteers were working with youths in the areas of education and community development.

The mass evacuation began at the end of February, and the Peace Corps released a statement confirming that all volunteers were safe and accounted for. As time passes, the organization vowed to monitor the situation with the hope of returning in the near future. At the moment, though, that seems unlikely, as the Peace Corps noted that the safety and security of its members are a top priority.

Clements Worldwide has over 60 years of experience helping international organizations protect themselves with political evacuation and other forms of specialty insurance. Call us at 202 872 0060 or email to learn more. 

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