Ukraine said Monday that the United States’ decision to remove the families of its diplomatic personnel in Kyiv in response to fears of a Russian invasion was “premature.”
Washington also authorized the “voluntary” evacuation of non-essential embassy personnel and advised US citizens to leave the former Soviet republic.
“We regard the American side’s move as premature and an exercise in excessive caution,” Ukrainian foreign ministry spokesman Oleg Nikolenko said in a statement.
He said that there had been “no significant changes” in the security situation in eastern Ukraine in recent months, where pro-Russia separatists have been at odds with the Ukrainian army since 2014.
According to him, the media are spreading “misinformation and distortion” in order to “sow terror among Ukrainians and foreigners.”
“It is critical to assess the dangers prudently and maintain calm in this situation,” Nikolenko stated.
According to the West, Russia has been massing tens of thousands of troops near its border with Ukraine, as well as an arsenal of tanks, battle vehicles, artillery, and missiles. The Kremlin maintains that its military are not stationed in the country to invade.
Britain announced Monday that it will also be relocating “some” of its embassy personnel from Ukraine, but the European Union stated that it will not follow Washington’s lead.
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