UK withdraws embassy staff and dependents from Ukraine

The British government announced on Monday that some of its embassy staff and their dependents in Ukraine were being withdrawn due to the “growing threat from Russia”.

“Some Embassy staff and dependents are being withdrawn from Kyiv in response to the growing threat from Russia. The British Embassy remains open and will continue to carry out essential work,” the British government said in a statement. communicated.

On Sunday, the US State Department ordered family members of employees of the US embassy in Kyiv to leave Ukraine, while also allowing non-essential workers to leave.

“U.S. citizens in Ukraine should be aware that Russian military action anywhere in Ukraine would severely affect the ability of the U.S. Embassy to provide consular services, including assistance to U.S. citizens departing Ukraine,” he said. the department said in a notice.

Britain’s Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) has advised people to limit themselves to only essential travel to Ukraine, also directly citing the buildup of the Russian military along the country’s eastern border. It is believed that around 120,000 Russian servicemen are currently massed at the border.

While the situation in Kyiv and other eastern cities near the Ukrainian border, such as Donetsk and Lugansk, appears to be “calm”, the FCDO warned that events are “currently changing rapidly” and that there is ” continuing uncertainty” about Russia’s intentions.

British travelers to Ukraine are advised to stay informed of what is happening in the media and to register their presence in Ukraine.

“Due to the growing threat from Russia, the FCDO took the decision to temporarily withdraw some Embassy staff and their dependents from Kyiv. The embassy remains open and will continue to carry out essential work, including providing consular assistance and support to British nationals in Ukraine,” the FCDO said, while warning that its aid capabilities may be reduced due to military actions around Ukraine.