US directs embassy staff to leave Ukraine
Published: 10:53 24 January 2022
The US (United States) State Department has ordered family members of embassy staff and inactive stuff in Ukraine to leave the country.
Washington issued the new directive amid growing tensions in Eastern Europe. The BBC reported this information in a report on Monday.
The U.S. State Department issued a directive on Sunday to allow family members of U.S. embassy staff to leave the country, the report said. Unnecessary staff at the embassy have also been asked to leave Ukraine. Washington has even urged U.S. citizens stationed in Ukraine to consider leaving the country.
The State Department said in a statement on Sunday that Russia was planning a large-scale military operation in Ukraine. It added that the security situation in Ukraine was uncertain and unpredictable and the security situation can get worse at any time. However, Russia has denied any involvement in the attack.
Earlier, the US-led military alliance, NATO, warned that about 100,000 Russian troops had been deployed along the Ukrainian border. As a result, there is a risk of war in Eastern Europe.
Earlier on Saturday, the United Kingdom made new allegations against Russia over the Ukraine issue. The country alleges that Moscow is working to bring the pro-Russian leader to power in Ukraine. At the same time, the country alleged that Russian intelligence officials were communicating with some former Ukrainian politicians as part of a plot to carry out the attack.
The British Foreign Office said on Saturday it had information that the Russian government was considering former lawmaker Yevheniy Murayev as a possible leader of the pro-Russian leadership in Ukraine.
In a statement on Twitter, British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss said, 'We will not tolerate Kremlin's conspiracy to bring a pro-Russian leader to power in Ukraine.' Kremlin knows that a military strike on Ukraine would be a strategic mistake and that the United Kingdom and its allies would pay a high price for Russia.
Neighboring Russia has long deployed about 100,000 troops on the Ukrainian border. There are also fears that Russian troops could invade the country at any moment. However, Moscow has repeatedly claimed that it has no plans to invade Ukraine.
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