The United States is relocating its Ukraine embassy operations from the capital Kyiv to the western city of Lviv, Reports Reuters by quoting “Secretary of State Antony Blinken”.
This decision was announced after the US warned publicly their citizens and their allies about a possible soon Russian invasion targeting Kyiv last week. However, Moscow denies Western accusations of planning an invasion.
“An incursion into Ukraine could entail massive violence, massive destruction, and the loss of life would not discriminate between Americans, Ukrainians” or others, State Department spokesman Ned Price has told the media.
Blinken said in a statement that the decision to move the embassy operations to Lviv. Lviv is a city, roughly 50 miles (80 km) from Ukraine’s western border with Poland and that decision was described as a step on concern for the safety of the staff.
Most embassy staff have already been ordered to depart Ukraine and U.S. citizens have been advised to leave the country.
Blinken said that relocating the embassy operations “in no way” undermined U.S. support for Ukraine’s “sovereignty and territorial integrity,” and that U.S. diplomats would “remain engaged” with the Ukrainian government.
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