Ukraine-Russia tensions: US urges its citizens to consider leaving Ukraine due to ‘increased threat of Russian military action’ | World News

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US citizens in Ukraine are urged to consider leaving due to the “increased threat of Russian military action.”

The US embassy in the country said the “situation remains unpredictable” and could “deteriorate at short notice”.

It added: “The US Embassy urges US citizens in Ukraine to consider departing now using commercial transportation options or other available private transportation options.”

Some UK embassy staff and their families, and family members of US embassy staff, were urged to leave yesterday.

Earlier, the UK and the US said personal sanctions could be imposed on Vladimir Putin if Russia invades its neighbor.

Asked on Sky News whether the Russian president can be targeted individually, Foreign Secretary Liz Truss said ministers “are not ruling anything out”.

He also said new legislation will be introduced to tighten Britain’s sanctions regime “so we can target more companies and individuals in Russia.”

Ms Truss added: “We are urging Russia to desist from an incursion and we are making it very clear that if they did, there would be a severe economic cost to Russia – severe sanctions.”

Defensive weapons and economic support are being supplied to Ukraine, he said.

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So far, most US sanctions have hit Putin’s allies and Russian trade.

But President Biden asked him if he would consider sanctioning mr putin Personally, if there was an offense, he said, “Yeah, I’d see that.”

It would be a rare move since the United States does not normally impose sanctions on the leaders of foreign countries.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said such a tactic would be politically destructive but not painful, adding that anyone making the suggestion does not have enough expert knowledge on the subject.

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Russia condemns the ‘aggressive course’ of the West

In a sign of the tensions, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said “if the West continues its aggressive course, Moscow will take the necessary retaliatory measures.”

Russia is awaiting answers from Washington, after demanding that Ukraine and other former Soviet nations can never become NATO members.

On a more positive note, the four-party talks taking place in Paris are a “strong signal of readiness for a peaceful settlement,” Andriy Yermak, chief of staff to Ukraine’s president, said on Wednesday.

Russia, Germany and France also participate.

Germany is supplying 5,000 military helmets to Ukraine, while Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said Russia would face major economic consequences if military action is taken against Ukraine.

Russia held new military exercises both on land and at sea and moved more paratroopers and fighter jets to Belarus, north of Ukraine, for what it said were joint exercises there next month.

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There has not been such frenetic diplomatic activity between Western allies since the cold war.

Russia’s challenge on Ukraine is the very raison d’être of the alliance forged during two cold wars.

Vladimir Putin wants the principles of freedom and self-determination that have underpinned that alliance to be set aside.

He wants a sovereign country that is forever denied access to the alliance and its main organization, NATO, and withdraws nuclear weapons and forces from the countries that joined it a quarter-century ago.

The West has chosen to talk, not reject their demands out of hand, and the diplomacy continues. The countries of the Normandy Format, Germany, France, Ukraine and Russia meet in Paris to find a way forward.

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The United States is working on written responses to Putin’s demands to appear at the end of the week.

French President Emmanuel Macron speaks with Vladimir Putin on Friday.

More talks, but no sign of progress as the military buildup continues. It can go on like this for some time but always with the risk of miscalculation, miscommunication and inadvertent conflict.

War would ‘change the world’: Biden

Joe Biden said there would be “enormous consequences” for the world if President Putin’s forces advanced on the former Soviet state, which sits on its southwestern border.

US F-15 jets landed at an Estonian airbase on Wednesday, the Lithuanian Defense Ministry said, as part of a NATO move to reinforce its eastern flank.

Some 8,500 US troops have been placed on high alert to go to Eastern Europe to reinforce NATO forces.

The soldiers are waiting and The president of the United States he said some could be quickly deployed if needed, while a Pentagon official said more could be added to the current figure.

However, the president promised that US troops would not be sent specifically to Ukraine.

Biden also said yes Russia invades Ukraine with all its forces, it would be the “biggest invasion since World War II” and would “change the world”.

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Meanwhile, Boris Johnson has said Britain is prepared to send troops to protect NATO allies in Europe if there is an invasion and warned Putin that his forces would face “fierce” Ukrainian resistance.

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The prime minister also expressed concern that a major military attack would lead to “bloodshed comparable to the first war in Chechnya or Bosnia.”

And in a televised address Tuesday night, Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskiy urged his citizens to remain calm and said a meeting between him and the leaders of Russia, Germany and France was in the works.

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Tensions remain high after NATO said on Monday it was putting forces on standby and sending more ships and warplanes to Eastern Europe in response to a Russian troop buildup near the Ukrainian border.

NATO currently has some 4,000 soldiers in multinational battalions in Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia and Poland, backed by tanks, air defenses and intelligence and surveillance units.

Russia watches with ‘great concern’

Moscow has denied it is planning an attack and said it was watching with “great concern”.

It has amassed around 100,000 troops near Ukraine in recent weeks and is holding military exercises in various locations across Russia with similar exercises planned in neighboring Belarus, which also borders Ukraine.

This has led the US and its NATO allies to rush to prepare for a possible war.

Russia is demanding security guarantees from the West, including that NATO should rule out allowing Ukraine to join the pact, seeing the former Soviet republic as a buffer between itself and NATO countries.



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