The State Department just ordered family members of staffers at the U.S. embassy in Kyiv to depart Ukraine due to the threat of Russian military action:
State Dept orders families of US embassy staff in Ukraine to leave the country, announces it will reduce staffing.
— Frida Ghitis (@FridaGhitis) January 23, 2022
And the State Department has “authorized the voluntary departure of US direct-hire employees”:
New travel advisory for Ukraine: @StateDept has authorized voluntary departure of US direct hire employees & ordered departure of eligible family members from Embassy Kyiv due to threat of Russian military action. US citizens should consider departing now via commercial options
— Missy Ryan (@missy_ryan) January 23, 2022
From the State Department:
“There are reports Russia is planning significant military action against Ukraine. The security conditions, particularly along Ukraine’s borders, in Russia-occupied Crimea, and in Russia-controlled eastern Ukraine, are unpredictable and can deteriorate with little notice”
— Mona Salama (@MonaSalama_) January 23, 2022
There are an estimated 127,000 Russian troops on the border right now:
Evacuation is part of US contingency & precautionary measure as circumstances may change, get complicated if Moscow invades with ~ 127,000 troops on border. And Post-Afghanistan..
— Joyce Karam (@Joyce_Karam) January 23, 2022
And in case this wasn’t clear, “do not travel to Ukraine due to imminent war”:
State Department: do not travel to Ukraine due to imminent war… and COVID pic.twitter.com/mz4a2JGQyU
— Jake Schneider (@jacobkschneider) January 23, 2022