More than a dozen countries have called on their citizens to leave Ukraine

2022-08-03 0 By

Moscow has massed about 100,000 troops on the Ukrainian border, the European Union news agency reported on February 13, but denied any intention of invasion.U.S. President Joe Biden again warned Russian President Vladimir Putin of the ‘terrible cost’ of invading Ukraine.In response, more than 10 countries, including the United States, Britain, Japan and Germany, asked their citizens and non-essential workers to leave Ukraine.Western nations have warned that a Russian invasion could be imminent.Law enforcement and the National Guard conducted a joint exercise in Ukraine’s Hersung region on Saturday.According to the BBC, the White House warned that a Russian invasion of Ukraine could happen at any time and could begin with aerial bombardment.Russia has described such allegations as provocative speculation.The U.S. State Department has ordered non-emergency U.S. employees to leave the Embassy in Kiev, and consular services will be suspended starting February 13.Canada is also moving its embassy staff to Lviv, near the Polish border, according to Canadian media reports.Britain’s ambassador to Ukraine, Melinda Simmons, said via social media platforms that she was staying in Kiev with a core team.Russia itself is making changes, saying it will optimize the staffing of its diplomats in Ukraine, citing possible provocations by the Kiev regime or a third country.The United States also pulled out about 150 troops it had trained in Ukraine, citing an abundance of caution.Dutch media say KLM has announced it will stop flights to Ukraine with immediate effect.The United States also pulled about 150 troops training Ukrainian soldiers out of the country, citing an abundance of caution.French President Emmanuel Macron also spoke by phone with Putin on Saturday and told him that sincere dialogue was not compatible with escalation, the French embassy statement said.With foreign embassies withdrawing staff and many countries now telling their citizens to leave Ukraine, Kiev still does not feel like a city in crisis.At the British Embassy, we found tight-lipped staff loading packages into cars and driving away.No one seemed willing to talk.Stuart McKenzie, a foreign entrepreneur who has run a business in Kiev for 28 years, said he hoped his wife and two sons would be able to fly out, but he was prepared if things got out of hand.He would drive his family 300 miles to Poland.Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said if Western countries have any hard evidence of an imminent Russian invasion, they can share it with him.He thinks the media has too much information about total war.We understand all the risks, but need more reliable information.The government in Kiev is telling people to remain calm and united and not to take actions that destabilize and create panic.President Zelensky said the country must be prepared for any eventuality.(Ying Wing Fung)