U.S. Draws Down Presence At Ukraine Embassy Presence As War Fears Moun…

U.S. Draws Down Presence At Ukraine Embassy Presence As War Fears Moun…




WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department on Sunday ordered the families of all American personnel at the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine to leave the country amid heightened fears of a Russian invasion.

The department told the dependents of staffers at the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv that they must leave the country. It also said that non-basic embassy staff could leave Ukraine at government expense.

The move came amid rising tensions about Russia’s military buildup on the Ukraine border that were not eased during talks Friday between Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Geneva.

State Department officials stressed the Kyiv embassy will keep open and that the announcement does not constitute an evacuation. The move had been under consideration for some time and does not mirror an easing of U.S. sustain for Ukraine, the officials said.

In a statement, the State Department noted recent reports that Russia was planning meaningful military action against Ukraine. However, the Russian Foreign Ministry has accused NATO countries of escalating tensions around Ukraine with disinformation.

The State Department additional: “The security conditions, particularly along Ukraine’s borders, in Russia-occupied Crimea, and in Russia-controlled eastern Ukraine, are unpredictable and can deteriorate with little notice. displays, which have turned violent at times, regularly occur throughout Ukraine, including in Kyiv.”

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