Tuesday, March 28

The United States orders the departure of most of its diplomatic personnel from Ukraine

The US has ordered the departure of most of Ukraine’s diplomatic employees due to the threat of a Russian attack on that country, the US Embassy in Kiev reported.

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“On February 12, the State Department ordered the departure of most US direct-hire employees from the Embassy in Kiev due to the continuing threat of Russian military action,” the legation said in a new travel alert for Ukraine.

The Embassy stated in a tweet that these are “non-emergency” personnel, that is, non-essential, and that the legation is being evacuated due to the accumulation of Russian troops on the border with Ukraine, which generates “potential for military action important”. He also indicated that, as a result of this measure, starting this Sunday “consular services at the US Embassy in Kiev will be suspended.”

“The Embassy will maintain a small consular presence in Lviv (in the west of the country) to handle emergencies, but will not be able to provide passports, visas or regular consular services,” the legation said.

The United States urged its citizens on Friday to leave Ukraine in the next 24 to 48 hours due to the “imminent” risk of a possible Russian invasion, which in its opinion could begin with “air bombardments and missile attacks” and could even occur. next week.

“US citizens should not travel to Ukraine, and those in Ukraine should depart immediately using commercial or other available private transportation options,” the Embassy said today.

On January 23, the State Department had already authorized the voluntary departure of direct contract employees from the US and ordered the departure of their relatives.

Security conditions, particularly along Ukraine’s borders, in Russian-occupied Crimea and in Russian-controlled eastern Ukraine, are unpredictable and may deteriorate without warning.

Washington further reiterated that it will not be able to help Americans remaining in Ukraine in the event of a Russian invasion. “US citizens in Ukraine should know that the US government will not be able to evacuate US citizens in the event of Russian military action anywhere in Ukraine. Military action can begin at any time and without notice and would also seriously affect the Embassy’s ability to provide consular services, including assistance to U.S. citizens leaving Ukraine,” the notice states.