Ukraine is about to become Afghanistan 2.0 for Americans hoping to evacuate.
Fox News Channel is reporting that the Biden Administration will not be able to evacuate U.S. citizens from Ukraine.
“Given that the President has said military action by Russia could come at any time. The US government will not be in a position to evacuate US citizens. So US citizens, currently present in Ukraine should plan accordingly.” Arrange commercial flights,” a State Dept. official is quoted as saying on a phone call.
The announcement is reminiscent of the administration’s feckless handling of the evacuation of Afghanistan — when thousands of Americans were trapped behind enemy lines.
“We’ve authorized the departure of some US government employees, but we have ordered the departure of all family members of US government employees at our Embassy in Kiev. The State Department has also elevated our travel advisory for Ukraine to level four,” the State Dept. official said.
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The State Dept. also issued a travel advisory and warned Americans to get out now.
The U.S. State Department has ordered the evacuation of American citizens in Ukraine amid the threat of Russian military action.
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“U.S. citizens in Ukraine should be aware that Russian military action anywhere in Ukraine would severely impact the U.S. Embassy’s ability to provide consular services, including assistance to U.S. citizens in departing Ukraine,” the State Department said in a travel advisory.
The State Department said in the travel advisory that eligible family members are being ordered to leave the country, while U.S. citizens in Ukraine should “consider” leaving the country.
The families of U.S. diplomats are already evacuating the embassy in Kiev.
“On January 23, 2022, the Department of State authorized the voluntary departure of U.S. direct hire employees and ordered the departure of eligible family members from Embassy Kyiv due to the continued threat of Russian military action. U.S. citizens in Ukraine should consider departing now using commercial or other privately available transportation options,” the advisory reads.