Source: Mikhail Metzel, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP The situation in Ukraine is potentially about to get much more dire, as Lucas Y. Tomilson reported for Fox News on Saturday that families of U.S. embassy personnel in Ukraine have been ordered by the State Department to begin evacuating, as soon as Monday. The State Department is also expected to encourage Americans to leave the country by commercial flights. The official had indicated “while those are still available.”
Earlier Saturday morning reports from CNN have also indicated that nonessential staff are also requesting that the State Department authorizes their departure.
The State Department and Ukraine government have been tight-lipped, though: The US Embassy in Kyiv has requested that the State Department authorize the departure of all nonessential staff and their families, according to multiple sources familiar with the matter.
A State Department spokesperson said they have “nothing to announce at this time,” adding, “We conduct rigorous contingency planning, as we always do, in the event the security situation deteriorates.” A spokesperson for the embassy declined to confirm and referred CNN to the State Department in Washington.
A source close to the Ukrainian government told CNN that the US has informed Ukraine that it is “likely to start evacuations as early as next week” of the families of diplomats from the embassy in Kyiv. The source said President Volodymyr Zelensky has spoken to US Secretary of State Antony Blinken about the matter and told him that if the United States took such a dramatic step, it would be an “overreaction.” CNN has asked the Ukrainian government for comment.
The State Department has already issued the highest-level travel advisory for Ukraine, telling Americans not to travel to the country and to be aware of reports that Russia is planning for significant military action against […]
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