US to evacuate Ukrainian embassy staff amid fears of Russian invasion

The United States is set to evacuate its embassy in Kiev as Western intelligence officials warn that a Russian invasion of Ukraine is increasingly imminent.

US officials said the State Department plans to announce early Saturday that all US embassy staff in Kiev will have to leave the country ahead of a feared Russian invasion. The State Department would not comment.

The department had earlier ordered the families of US embassy staff in Kyiv to leave. But he had left it up to non-essential staff if he wanted to leave. The new move comes as Washington has stepped up its warnings about a possible Russian invasion of Ukraine.

The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly, said a limited number of US diplomats could be transferred to far western Ukraine, near the border with Poland, a NATO ally, so that the United States can maintain a diplomatic presence in the country.

The Pentagon announced on Friday that it was sending 3,000 additional combat troops to Poland to join the 1,700 already congregating there in a show of US commitment to NATO allies worried about the Russia invades Ukraine.

The additional soldiers will depart from Fort Bragg, North Carolina, over the next two days and are expected to be in Poland early next week, according to a defense official, who provided the information in accordance with ground rules. established by the Pentagon. These are the remnants of an infantry brigade of the 82nd Airborne Division.

Their mission will be to train and deter but not to engage in combat in Ukraine.

The announcement came shortly after Jake Sullivan, President Joe Biden’s national security adviser, issued a public warning to all US citizens in Ukraine to leave the country as soon as possible. Sullivan said Russian President Vladimir Putin could issue the order to launch an invasion of Ukraine any day.

In addition to US troops deployed in Poland, about 1,000 US troops based in Germany are moving to Romania on a similar mission of comfort with a NATO ally. In addition, 300 soldiers from a headquarters unit of the 18th Airborne Corps arrived in Germany, commanded by Lieutenant General Michael E. Kurilla.

US troops must train with host nation forces, but must not enter Ukraine for any purpose.

The United States already has about 80,000 troops across Europe in permanent stations and in rotating deployments.

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