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U.S. tells citizens to immediately vacate Ukraine amid Russian military threats

“Do not travel to Ukraine due to the increased threats of Russian military action and COVID-19,” the U.S. has warned.

• February 11, 2022
United States President Joe Biden
United States President Joe Biden

The United States has advised its citizens in Ukraine to leave the country immediately amid alleged threats of Russian military action, the U.S. State Department said in a travel advisory.

Also citing COVID-19, the department cautioned citizens against travelling to Ukraine. 

“Do not travel to Ukraine due to the increased threats of Russian military action and COVID-19 and those in Ukraine should depart now via commercial or private means.

“If remaining in Ukraine, exercise increased caution due to crime, civil unrest and potential combat operations should Russia take military action some areas have increased risk,” the advisory said.

On January 23, the state department authorised the evacuation of U.S. diplomats’ family members and of direct-hire employees.

The department also recommended that U.S. citizens, who were present in Ukraine should consider departing right away due to the unpredictable security situation.

Earlier in February, Ned Price, State Department spokesperson said it is estimated that some 6,600 U.S. citizens permanently live in Ukraine in October, while some news outlets reported that there are at least 30,000 Americans in the country. 


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