Local staff and non-essential staff can leave the Kyiv embassy if they wish, the State Department said in a statement.
US nationals residing in Ukraine
should consider now to leave the country by commercial flights or other means of transport, adds the American Department of State Affairs.
” The security situation, especially along the Ukrainian borders, in Russian-occupied Crimea and in Russian-controlled Donetsk, is unpredictable and could deteriorate at any time. »
U.S. nationals in Ukraine should be aware that a Russian military operation anywhere in Ukraine would seriously affect the U.S. Embassy’s ability to provide consular services, including assistance to U.S. citizens departing Ukraine., warns American diplomacy.
The department calls on the American community in Ukraine to learn about
what the U.S. government can and cannot do to help you during a crisis abroad.
We believe that a Russian invasion […] can happen at any time, a senior US official told reporters.
The United States would not be in a position to evacuate American citizens in this scenario..
The Embassy remains open and Chargé d’Affaires Kristina Kvien
stay in Ukraine, added this official who requested anonymity.
She declined to specify the number of Americans on Ukrainian soil, but US Undersecretary of State Victoria Nuland had put their number at between 10,000 and 15,000 in early December.
The US government has also advised US nationals against traveling to Russia.
due to tension on the border with Ukraine.
The department justified this decision in particular by
the possibility of harassment of American citizens, in particular by the Russian police, and
arbitrary application of local laws.
” Due to the increased Russian military presence and ongoing military exercises in areas bordering Ukraine, U.S. citizens who are in the Russian Federation districts bordering Ukraine should be aware that the situation along the border is unpredictable and the tension increases. »
Given the volatility of the situation, overland travel from Russia to Ukraine in this region is strongly discouraged for US citizens., he concludes.
The State Department is also advising against all travel to Ukraine due to the possibility of a Russian invasion, but Ukraine was already discouraged for American travelers due to COVID.
The United States had already warned on Saturday that it did not plan to organize an evacuation of its nationals in Ukraine, inviting Americans in the country to use commercial flights.
Westerners accuse Russia of having deployed more than 100,000 soldiers on the borders of Ukraine to prepare an invasion of this former Soviet republic. The White House has warned that Russia could launch its offensive
at any time.
The Kremlin denies any bellicose intention, but conditions a de-escalation to treaties guaranteeing the non-enlargement of theNATO in particular to Ukraine, and a withdrawal from the Atlantic Alliance in Eastern Europe.