Us media: The US announced the closure of its embassy in Ukraine, days after it destroyed classified information

2022-07-08 0 By

Citing a “dramatic and accelerated build-up of Russian troops,” US Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced Monday that the US is closing its embassy in Kiev and “temporarily transferring” the few remaining diplomatic staff to the western Ukrainian city of Lviv, CNN reported Monday.”I have ordered these measures for one reason and one reason only: the safety of our personnel, and we strongly urge all U.S. citizens who remain in Ukraine to leave the country immediately,” Blinken said in a statement.The move comes days after the United States ordered most OF its government employees to leave Ukraine and announced the suspension of consular services at the US embassy starting Monday amid fears of an imminent Russian invasion.While Russia has said it is open to negotiations, State Department spokesman Ned Price said Monday, “It is still unclear to us whether Russia is interested in pursuing diplomacy other than the use of force.”Mr. Price said the decision to move all remaining diplomats from Kiev to western Ukraine was made because the State Department felt it was “absolutely necessary,” citing “the distinct possibility that Russia could decide to take military action is more real than ever.”U.S. state department spokesman Ned price photo source: people’s visual price at a news conference pointed out that the city of lvov the location of the “elsewhere provided Ukraine may not have a certain degree of protection”, and said the embassy “migration” has formulated the “elaborate plan”, “for example, we don’t have to destroy any valid passport”.In addition, he added, “We take careful precautions against sensitive documents, sensitive equipment, but cannot provide full details.”Military police from the Ukrainian National Guard will guard the building and the US “intends to return to the embassy in Kiev as soon as it is safe to do so”.U.S. diplomats have destroyed classified information in recent days and are preparing to leave the U.S. embassy in Ukraine, a senior State Department official said on Tuesday.U.S. officials have repeatedly called on their citizens to leave Ukraine immediately. “What we are trying to do publicly is make it clear to American citizens that they should leave Ukraine immediately because there will be no military evacuation in the event of an invasion,” National Security Adviser Mike Sullivan said on Wednesday.In recent months, there have been repeated claims in the Western media that Russia is preparing an “invasion” of Ukraine, and Russia has repeatedly dismissed such allegations.Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the movement of Russia’s armed forces inside the country does not threaten anyone and should not be a concern to anyone.The Russian side also stressed that talk of “Russian aggression” was used as a pretext to increase the NATO contingent on the Russian border.(Edit: HHJ)