- In view of the tense situation in the Ukraine conflict, the United States is shifting its embassy business from the capital, Kiev, to Liv (Lemberg), near the Polish border.
- The U.S. State Department said this was a temporary precautionary measure.
The US Embassy will continue to work with the Government of Ukraine. “We continue our serious diplomatic efforts to defuse the crisis.”
The Office of Secretary of State Anthony Blinken has said that precautionary measures will not undermine US support for Ukraine in any way. “Our commitment to Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity is unshakable.”
The US State Department said on Saturday that staff at the embassy in Kiev would be “completely reduced”. A few employees will be relocated to Lviv in the west of the country. In the city near the Polish border, embassy services are still provided for emergencies.
The US State Department has already instructed the families of embassy officials to leave the US embassy in Kiev by the end of January. It was said at the time that employees who were not needed immediately could leave the country voluntarily.
We urge all US citizens in Ukraine to leave the country immediately.
In Monday’s message, Blingen again called on U.S. citizens to leave the country. “We urge all remaining US citizens in Ukraine to leave the country immediately.”
The US government has called on citizens to leave Belarus
The U.S. State Department has called on U.S. citizens in Belarus to leave the country “immediately” in the wake of the escalating crisis in Ukraine. “U.S. citizens in Belarus must leave the country immediately, either commercially or personally,” the adjusted travel advisory said Monday evening (local time). The situation was unpredictable “due to the increase in extraordinary and disturbing Russian military operations.”
The U.S. State Department also adjusted travel advice for Ukraine’s neighbor Moldova. Here, too, the ministry added “extraordinary and disturbing Russian military operations around Ukraine.”
Blinken insists that the only reason to transfer diplomats to Lviv is because of concerns about employee safety. “I have no higher priority than the safety of Americans around the world, of course our colleagues in that.”
The United States has again warned of a Russian offensive
The US government has been warning of a Russian invasion of Ukraine for weeks. John Kirby, a spokesman for the U.S. Department of Defense, told CNN on Monday that a possible Russian attack: “I think we should all be prepared that it could happen with little or no warning.”
Kirby said Putin continued to gather troops along the border with Ukraine over the weekend. The number of Russian soldiers now exceeds 100,000.
Marines have been deployed in addition to State Department security forces to protect US embassies around the world. Kirby reiterated that “we will not send US troops to Ukraine.” But Russia must calculate tough sanctions.
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