The US State Department on Sunday evening issued a level 4 travel advisory and ordered Americans in Kyiv to leave Ukraine due to imminent war.
Family members of US Embassy personnel in Kyiv were ordered the leave Ukraine due to ‘threat of military action.’
“Do not travel to Ukraine due to the increased threats of Russian military action and Covid-19. Exercise increased caution in Ukraine due to crime and civil unrest. Some areas have increased risk.” – the State Department said in an emergency alert.
“On January 23, 2022, the Department of State authorized the voluntary departure of U.S. direct hire employees (USDH) and ordered the departure of eligible family members (EFM) from Embassy Kyiv due to the continued threat of Russian military action. U.S. citizens in Ukraine should consider departing now using commercial or other privately available transportation options.” the State Department said.
“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. Demonstrations, which have turned violent at times, regularly occur throughout Ukraine, including in Kyiv.” the Department of State added.
“U.S. citizens in Ukraine should be aware that Russian military action anywhere in Ukraine would severely impact the U.S. Embassy’s ability to provide consular services, including assistance to U.S. citizens in departing Ukraine. For more information, please review what the U.S. government can and cannot do to assist you in a crisis overseas.”
“The Department asks all U.S. citizens in Ukraine to complete an online form so that we may better communicate with you. This is especially important if you plan to remain in Ukraine.”
State Department: do not travel to Ukraine due to imminent war… and COVID pic.twitter.com/mz4a2JGQyU
— Jake Schneider (@jacobkschneider) January 23, 2022
The State Department also ordered US citizens in the Ukraine to begin evacuating by commercial flights.
Meanwhile, Joe Biden is on vacation at Camp David (where have we seen this before?) after giving Russian President Vladimir Putin the green light to invade Ukraine.
“My guess is he will move in, he has to do something,” Biden said Wednesday when asked about Putin’s military along Ukraine’s border.
UPDATE: The US State Department says they are not in the position to evacuate Americans from the region.
State Dept: “We've authorised the departure of some US government employees, but we have ordered the departure of all family members of US government employees at our Embassy in Kiev. The State Department has also elevated our travel advisory for Ukraine to level four.”
— Jennifer Griffin (@JenGriffinFNC) January 24, 2022