Biden warns Americans in Ukraine to leave amid tensions between Moscow and Kiev

Biden warns Americans in Ukraine to leave amid tensions between Moscow and Kiev

US President Joe Biden has warned Americans in Ukraine to leave the country immediately amid tensions between Moscow and Kiev, saying sending US troops for evacuation would mean a “world war”. “American citizens must leave now,” Biden said during an interview with NBC News. “It’s not like we’re dealing with a terrorist organization. We’re dealing with one of the biggest armies in the world. It’s a very different situation and things can get crazy quickly,” he said, According to NBC News.

Asked under what scenario US troops would need to enter Ukraine to evacuate the Americans, Biden replied: “Not so. It’s a world war when Americans and Russia start firing at each other.” ” Meanwhile, the US State Department has issued a new advisory urging Americans in Ukraine to leave the country as soon as possible, reinforcing earlier warnings asking its citizens to “consider” such action. was requested.

“Do not travel to Ukraine due to Russian military action and the growing threat of COVID-19; those living in Ukraine must now depart via commercial or private means. If living in Ukraine, there may be crime, civil unrest and potential fighting Russia should take military action. The risk has increased in some areas,” the advisory said on Thursday (local time).

On January 23, the State Department authorized the evacuation of family members of US diplomats and directly hired employees. The State Department also recommended that US citizens in Ukraine should consider leaving immediately due to the unforeseen security situation. Meanwhile, the first group of US troops from the 82nd Airborne Division arrived in Poland on February 5 following Pentagon press secretary John Kirby’s announcement that 1,700 additional troops from the United States would be sent to the country, Polish media reported.

Earlier, Kirby said the US would temporarily deploy additional forces to Europe amid rising tensions with Russia. The deployment includes 1,700 troops sent to Poland and 1,000 US personnel based in Germany to be transferred to Romania and another 8,500 troops “ready to move when called upon for a NATO response force,” Kirby had said.

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