US to evacuate Ukraine embassy amid Russian invasion fears

APTOPIX Ukraine Tensions
Posted at 8:59 PM, Feb 11, 2022
and last updated 2022-02-12 02:43:54-05

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. officials say the United States is preparing to evacuate its embassy in Kyiv as Western intelligence officials warn that a Russian invasion of Ukraine is increasingly imminent.

The officials say the State Department plans to announce early Saturday that all American staff at the Kyiv embassy will be required to leave the country.

A limited number of officials may be relocated to Ukraine's far west, near the Polish border, so the U.S. can retain a diplomatic presence in the country.

The new move comes as Washington has ratcheted up its warnings about a possible Russian invasion of Ukraine.