Germany cuts embassy staff in Kyiv due to possible Russian invasion

The German Foreign Office announcement On Saturday, they would cut embassy staff in the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv, amid growing fears of a Russian invasion.

“We will keep our embassy in #Kiew open but reduce our diplomatic staff. Our Consulate General in Donetsk, based in Dnipro since 2014, is temporarily moving to Lyiv,” said German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock.

Germany has also issued a warning to German nationals in Ukraine, saying they should consider leaving the country.

The announcement comes after the United States order the evacuation of most embassy staff in Kyiv on Saturday.

The evacuation order was accompanied by a level four travel advisory stating that US citizens in Ukraine should leave the country immediately.

The State Department added that on Sunday the embassy in Kyiv will suspend all consular services, and the embassy “will maintain a small consular presence in Lviv, Ukraine to handle emergencies, but will not be able to provide passports, visas or routine consular services”. .”

A senior State Department official said later Saturday morning that “a few thousand Americans” had informed the United States that they were in Ukraine and that the department had been in contact to find out if they had the intend to leave.