Ukraine (Reuters) – February 13, 2022. 12:30
Ukraine.. Fears of a possible Russian invasion
- Washington: The possibility of Russia’s military action in Ukraine is imminent
- US threats of economic sanctions against Russia
In the latest developments of the “Russian-Ukrainian crisis”, the American employees of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe mission began, on Sunday, to leave eastern Ukraine, according to what was announced by Reuters.
These moves come as a continuation of the evacuations from Ukraine, which began on Saturday, by several Western and Arab countries, after Washington’s warnings on Friday of a possible Russian invasion.
US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said that the possibility of Russian military action in Ukraine was imminent and large enough to justify the departure of many employees of the US Embassy in the Ukrainian capital, which was announced by the US State Department earlier.
On Saturday, US President Joe Biden and his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, ended a phone call about… Ukrainian crisis And it lasted a little more than an hour, according to what the White House announced.
The two presidents spoke of rising Western fears of a possible Russian invasion of Ukraine, and Biden warned his counterpart that if Russia invaded Ukrainethere will be a decisive and quick response and that any military action against the former Soviet Republic
It will entail “a huge and immediate cost” and the US President stressed that the United States is ready for diplomacy “and for other scenarios.”
The call between the two leaders came hours after the United States withdrew some of its forces from Ukraine and ordered the evacuation of most of its embassy staff on Saturday, as fears mounted of a Russian invasion of the country in the next few days.