“We have ordered the departure of most of the Americans who are still in the US embassy in Kiev,” Blinken told a news conference in Honolulu. Americans).
Most embassy staff have been ordered to leave Ukraine immediately due to the risk of a Russian invasion, and the US State Department says the situation appears increasingly to be heading “increasingly into some kind of active conflict”.
The department had earlier called on US citizens to leave Ukraine immediately.
Washington says Russia’s build-up of more than 100,000 troops on the border with Ukraine heralds an imminent invasion, and has increased its warnings in recent days.
Moscow denies any plans to invade Ukraine, describing Washington’s warnings as “hysteria” and expressing security concerns about what it calls aggression by NATO member states.
In comments after his meeting with his Japanese and South Korean counterparts, Blinken said that the diplomatic track with Russia on Ukraine is still in place and that the way forward is for Moscow to calm the situation.