US to evacuate Ukraine embassy amid Russian invasion fears

US to evacuate Ukraine embassy amid Russian invasion fears

The United States is set to evacuate its embassy in Kiev as Western intelligence officials warn that a Russian invasion of Ukraine is increasingly imminent. US officials say the State Department plans to announce early Saturday that all US staff at the Kiev embassy will have to leave the country before fears of a Russian attack. The State Department would not comment.

The department had earlier ordered the departure of the families of US embassy staff in Kiev. But it was left to the discretion of non-essential personnel if they wanted to depart. The new move comes as Washington intensified its warnings about a possible Russian invasion of Ukraine. Officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly, said a limited number of US diplomats were located in Ukraine’s far west, near the border with Poland, NATO ally, so the U.S. May maintain diplomatic presence in the country.

The Pentagon announced Friday that it is sending another 3,000 combat troops to Poland to join 1,700 already worried about the prospect of Russia attacking Ukraine in a demonstration of US commitment to NATO allies. . Additional troops will leave their posts at Fort Bragg in North Carolina over the next few days and will be in Poland early next week, according to a defense official providing information under ground rules set by the Pentagon. They are the remainder of an infantry brigade of the 82nd Airborne Division.

Their mission would be to provide training and deterrence, but not engage in war in Ukraine. The announcement came soon after President Joe Biden’s national security adviser Jake Sullivan issued a public warning to all US citizens in Ukraine to leave the country as soon as possible. Sullivan said Russian President Vladimir Putin could order an invasion of Ukraine any day.

In addition to US troops stationed in Poland, about 1,000 US troops based in Germany are relocating to Romania in a similar mission of reassurance to a NATO ally. In addition, 300 soldiers from an 18th Airborne Corps Headquarters unit have arrived in Germany, commanded by Lieutenant General Michael E. Kurilla. US troops are to train with host-nation forces, but not to enter Ukraine for any purpose. The US already has about 80,000 troops on permanent stations and rotational deployments across Europe.

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