Against the backdrop of the Ukrainian crisis, Washington is moving its embassy from Kiev to Lviv

Washington (AFP) – February 15, 2022. 00:22

US calls on its citizens to leave Ukraine “immediately”

  • The embassy will remain in contact with the Ukrainian government
  • Washington maintained a limited consular presence in Lviv

On Monday, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken announced that Washington had decided to move its embassy to the United States Ukraine From Kiev to Lviv in the west of the country, in the face of the “remarkable acceleration” of the deployment of Russian troops at the border.

Blinken said in a statement, “We are in the process of relocating embassy operations in Kiev to Lviv temporarily,” stressing that Washington wants to ensure “the security of Americans.”

He noted that “the embassy will remain in contact with the Ukrainian government,” but “we appeal to every American citizen who is still in Ukraine to leave the country immediately.”

“We are also continuing our intensive diplomatic efforts to de-escalate the crisis,” he added.

“We intend to return our staff to the embassy as soon as conditions permit,” he said.

The number of embassy staff in the Ukrainian capital has already been reduced to a minimum after the United States last weekend ordered the departure of all non-essential staff and the suspension of the consular section in Kiev.

The United States maintained a limited consular presence in Lviv, about 70 km from the Polish border, to respond to emergency situations.

At the US embassy in Kiev, a Ukrainian security guard told AFP that all the Americans had left, and that the building was now closed. No American flag could be seen.

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