Russia withdraws embassy staff from Kyiv
Published: 10:45 23 February 2022 Updated: 10:46 23 February 2022
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Russia’s foreign ministry says diplomats from Kyiv have been summoned to Moscow after tensions with Ukraine escalated. Russia will withdraw all its staff from the Kyiv embassy as soon as possible, reported news agency Sputnik, citing the Russian Foreign Ministry.
Earlier, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Andrey Rudenko told the TASS news agency that Russian embassy staff could be brought back to Moscow soon to protect them from provocative activities by Kyiv or a third country.
Earlier on Monday, Russian President Vladimir Putin recognized the eastern Donetsk and Luhansk regions of Ukraine as “independent states”. The Donbas region of Ukraine is made up of several other Russian-backed regions, including Donetsk and Luhansk. On Monday, pro-Russian citizens of the two regions, which were recognized as independent states, declared “unilateral independence” from Ukraine in 2014.
About two months ago, when Russia deployed a large number of troops on the Ukrainian border, Western nations, including the United States, began to announce that Russia wanted to invade Ukraine. However, Russia has denied the allegations.
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