US orders family members of Ukrainian embassy employees to leave

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The United States said Sunday it was ordering the departure of eligible family members of its embassy staff in Ukraine and said all citizens should consider leaving because of the threat of Russian military action.

“On January 23, 2022, the State Department authorized the voluntary departure of US direct contract employees and ordered the departure of eligible family members from the Kiev Embassy due to the continued threat of Russian military action,” it said in a statement.

Tensions between Ukraine and Russia are at their highest, with a buildup of Russian troops near the border stoking fears that Moscow could soon launch an invasion. THE Kremlin denied that it is planning to attack, arguing that the Otan to Ukraine constitutes a growing threat on the western side of Russia.

US President Joe Biden met Saturday with his national security team, including National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan and Councilor Steve Ricchetti at the Camp David presidential retreat to discuss “continued aggressive Russian actions.” regarding Ukraine,” the White House said.

“President Biden was briefed on the current state of Russian military operations on Ukraine’s borders and discussed our ongoing efforts to defuse the situation utilizing diplomacy and our range of deterrent measures which are being closely coordinated with our allies and partners, including sending security assistance to Ukraine. President Biden has stated again that if Russia invades Ukraine further, the United States will impose swift and severe consequences on Russia with our allies and partners,” the White House statement added.

Reference: CNN Brasil

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