Families Of U.S. Embassy Staffers Ordered To Leave Ukraine As Fears Of Russian Invasion Mounts

January 24, 2022, 12:14am

The families of American diplomats and embassy personnel were ordered to leave the country by the US State Department on Sunday.

There is an aerial view of the U.S. Embassy.

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The State Department said that non-essential staffers at the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv were told they could leave the country at the government's expense.

The exit of families and non-essential staffers from the embassy is not an emergency, according to State Department officials.

The statement said that the U.S. government will continue to support the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine.

The State Department did not say how many Americans are in Ukraine.

The statement warned that the U.S. government won't be able to evacuate citizens from Ukraine if Russia invades the country.

The path of diplomacy continues. The security conditions can get worse with little notice if Russia chooses to escalate. The State Department said that they were taking this action because of Russia's aggressive actions towards Ukraine.

There is a key background.

According to the U.S. Secretary of State, Russia has 100,000 troops along its border with Ukraine. Russia has moved forces into Belarus, which borders Moscow to the north, claiming it is part of a regular military exercise. The US and Russia agreed to continue talks after the U.S. delivered a written response to Russian demands. On Sunday, Blinken warned against immediate sanctions against Russia, saying it could undermine the negotiations.

According to a New York Times report, President Joe Biden is considering sending thousands of troops, warships and military aircraft to NATO allies in Eastern Europe. The president is considering the deployment of between 1,000 to 5,000 troops to the region with the option to increase that number tenfold if the situation gets out of hand.

The US has pulled down the Ukraine embassy.

Biden is considering sending thousands of troops to Eastern Europe.