American diplomacy justified this decision in particular by “the possibility of harassment of American citizens”. The State Department also calls on its nationals to leave Ukraine.
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Tension continues to mount between Washington and Moscow. The US government on Sunday January 23 ordered the families of US diplomats stationed in Kyiv to leave the country “due to the continuing threat of a Russian military operation”.
Local staff and non-essential staff can leave the Kyiv embassy if they wish, the State Department said in a statement. US nationals residing in Ukraine “should now consider” to leave the country by commercial flights or other means of transport.
“The security situation, especially along the Ukrainian borders, in Russian-occupied Crimea and in Russian-controlled Donetsk, is unpredictable and could deteriorate at any time.”The US State Department
in a press release
“We believe that a Russian invasion… could happen at any moment, a senior US official told reporters. The United States would not be in a position to evacuate American citizens in this scenario.” The embassy remains open and Chargé d’Affaires Kristina Kvien “stay in Ukraine”, added this anonymous official.
The US government has also advised US nationals against traveling to Russia. “due to the tension on the border with Ukraine”. The Ministry justified this decision in particular by “the possibility of harassment of American citizens”, in particular by the Russian police, and “an arbitrary application of local laws”.
Americans and Europeans accuse Russia of having deployed more than 100,000 soldiers on the borders of Ukraine. The White House has warned that Russia could launch its offensive “at any time”. The Kremlin denies any bellicose intention but conditions a de-escalation to treaties guaranteeing the non-enlargement of NATO, in particular to Ukraine.