Fox News: The US State Department called for the evacuation of families of diplomats from Ukraine from January 24 According to the channel, the evacuation of families of diplomats will begin on Monday, January 24. The State Department told RIA Novosti that no official decisions have been made on the evacuation of American citizens from Ukraine 04/756428683653049.jpg” alt=”Fox News learned about the decision of the State Department to evacuate the families of diplomats from Ukraine” />
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The US State Department ordered from Monday, January 24, to begin the evacuation of the families of diplomats in Ukraine. This was reported by Fox News journalist Lucas Tomlinson on Twitter, citing sources.
“The State Department is ordering the families of US Embassy employees in Ukraine to start evacuating the country as early as Monday,”— he wrote.
At the same time, RIA Novosti The US State Department reported that so far no official decisions have been made on the evacuation of American citizens from Ukraine. “If the United States decides to evacuate the families of diplomats from Ukraine, they should not wait for the evacuation to take place on government aircraft,” — added in department.
Earlier, CNN correspondents Matthew Chance and Natasha Bertrand, citing sources, reported on the appeal of the US Embassy in Ukraine to the State Department with a request to allow non-essential personnel and their families to leave the country. At the same time, a State Department spokesman said that at present he has “nothing to announce,” specifying that the department is conducting thorough contingency planning, “as we always do in the event of a deterioration in the security situation.”
In addition, a source close to the Ukrainian government told CNN that President Volodymyr Zelensky discussed a possible evacuation of embassy staff with US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken. According to the channel's interlocutor, the Ukrainian leader said that if Washington takes such a step, it will be “an overreaction”.
The day before, Bloomberg, citing sources, also wrote that the United States is considering the possibility of evacuating diplomats from Ukraine due to the situation around the alleged “Russian invasion”. According to the plan, members of the families of diplomats can be taken out without fail, and non-essential staff of the embassy will be able to leave at will.
In total, the US embassy in Ukraine employs about 180 US citizens and 560 employed Ukrainian citizens. This number does not include family members of American diplomats.
Earlier, on January 18, The New York Times, citing a source in the SBU, reported that Russia is also preparing the evacuation of diplomats from the country. According to the source, staff at two Russian consulates were instructed to prepare for the departure. Moreover, in early January, 18 people had already left Ukraine, including the children and wives of Russian diplomats, the publication reported.
The official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, then denied this information, calling these statements a provocation. The Foreign Ministry also pointed to the regular work of the diplomatic mission in Kiev.
Reports of a possible evacuation of embassies in Ukraine began to appear against the backdrop of accusations from Western countries of preparing a “Russian invasion”; to Ukrainian territory. The Kremlin has repeatedly denied the accusations and indicated that Russian troops are moving across their own territory, which they have every right to do.
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