Secretary of State Antoine BlinkenAntony BlinkenUS moves Ukrainian embassy staff to Poland Putin escalates tension with moves in eastern Ukraine announced on Monday that the State Department would transfer its embassy operations to Poland from Ukraine in connection with a possible invasion by Russia.
“For security reasons, State Department personnel currently in Lviv will spend the night in Poland. Our personnel will return regularly to continue their diplomatic work in Ukraine and provide emergency consular services,” Blinken said. said in a press releaseadding that the US commitment to Ukraine remained “unwavering”.
“The fact that we are taking careful precautions for the safety of U.S. government personnel and U.S. citizens, as we routinely do around the world, in no way undermines our support or commitment to Ukraine,” the secretary said. of state. added.
Monday’s announcement comes after Blinken’s decision last week to move temporarily embassy operations from Kyiv, the capital of Ukraine, to Lviv, a city in western Ukraine further from the Russian border.
But on Monday, tensions escalated after the Russian president Vladimir PoutineVladimir Vladimirovich PutinZelensky rules out ceding territory to Russia in late-night speech to Ukraine The US ambassador to the UN calls Putin’s peacekeeping forces ‘nonsense’. recognized the so-called Donetsk People’s Republic and the Luhansk People’s Republic as independent, a move which apparently indicated a rejection of diplomatic efforts to avert an invasion.
Following this decision, Putin ordered his Ministry of Defense send forces to keep the peace in the two regions located in eastern Ukraine near Russia.
In response to Putin’s announcement on Monday, the White House announced that President BidenJoe BidenUS Ambassador to UN Calls Putin’s Peacekeepers ‘Nonsense’ US Moves Embassy Staff from Ukraine to Poland intended for impose penalties that prohibit new US investment, trade and financing from the Donetsk and Luhansk regions.
The United States has warned that a Russian invasion of Ukraine could happen at any time as Moscow has gathered up to 190,000 troops near Ukraine.