The US Department of State has ordered the departure of eligible family members of staffers at the from American Embassy in Kiev due to the “continued threat of Russian military action!

In a statement on Sunday, the Department said it “authorised the voluntary departure of US direct hire employees (USDH) and ordered the departure of eligible family members (EFM) from Embassy Kiev due to the continued threat of Russian military action”.

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It further said that American citizens in Ukraine “should consider departing now using commercial or other privately available transportation options”.

“There are reports Russia is planning significant military action against Ukraine. The security conditions, particularly along Ukraine’s borders, in Russia occupied Crimea, and in Russia-controlled eastern Ukraine, are unpredictable and can deteriorate with little notice.

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