US citizens in Ukraine should leave now: U.S. Embassy in Kyiv

The U.S. Embassy in Kyiv is urging US citizens in Ukraine to consider leaving the country as soon as possible citing the security scenario in the country.

The security situation in Ukraine was “unpredictable due to the increased threat of Russian military action,” said the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv.

It went on to add, the security situation in Ukraine “can deteriorate with little notice”, said the embassy.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv would continue to remain open but advised Americans in the former Soviet country to “strongly consider leaving.”

Earlier this week, Washington urged its citizens not to travel to Ukraine.

On Wednesday, the United States delivered written replies to Russia on sweeping security demands, a significant step in the fragile diplomatic process even as Russia staged new military drills on land and sea near Ukraine.

Earlier this week, U.S. President Joe Biden said Washington could impose personal sanctions on Russian President Vladimir Putin in the event of any aggression by Russia against Ukraine.

The US has warned, any Russian military action against Ukraine would have swift and massive costs.

Russia has warned that if the West were to impose sanctions on Putin it would not hurt him but would be “politically destructive.”

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