State Department urges Americans: Get out of Ukraine, Crimea

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The U.S. State Department has issued advisories for Ukraine and Crimea due to the increasing likelihood that Russia will invade Ukraine.

State authorized the voluntary departure of all U.S. direct hire employees and ordered the departure of eligible family members from the American Embassy in Kyiv due to the continued threat of Russian military action.

“U.S. citizens in Ukraine should consider departing now using commercial or other privately available transportation options,” the State Department advised.

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.  Demonstrations, which have turned violent at times, regularly occur throughout Ukraine, including in Kyiv,” State said.

“U.S. citizens in Ukraine should be aware that Russian military action anywhere in Ukraine would severely impact the U.S. Embassy’s ability to provide consular services, including assistance to U.S. citizens in departing Ukraine,” the agency said.

For those Alaskans with relatives in Ukraine, review what the U.S. government can and cannot do to assist you in a crisis overseas.The Department asks all U.S. citizens in Ukraine to complete an online form so that the agency may better communicate with them, especially if they intend to remain in Ukraine. The phone numbers dedicated for Ukraine-related calls are at this link.

The State Department also advised Americans to not travel to the Crimean peninsula, as there is extensive Russian military presence. The Russians are abusing and imprisoning foreigners and locals alike, especially those who are seen as opposing Russian occupiers. The U.S. government prohibits U.S. employees from traveling to Crimea and is unable to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in Crimea.

Russia-led forces also control areas of the Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts, where the ongoing armed conflict has resulted in more than 14,000 deaths.

Individuals, including U.S. citizens, have been threatened, detained, or kidnapped for hours or days after being stopped at checkpoints controlled by Russia-led forces. The U.S. government restricts USDH from traveling to the eastern parts of the Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts and adjacent regions, which limits the ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in these regions.

In Europe and Eastern Europe, Ukraine is second only in size to Russia, which it borders to the east and northeast. It was absorbed by the USSR after World War II and gained its independence in 1991. It has been the site of numerous bloody conflicts across many centuries.

Ukraine is deeply corrupt and is a center for human trafficking. Crimes targeting foreigners is common. Politically targeted assassinations and bombings have also occurred. There are reports of violent attacks on minority groups and police by radical groups, the State Department said.

On CNN on Sunday, Secretary of State Antony Blinken warned, “If a single additional Russian force goes into Ukraine in an aggressive way, as I said, that would trigger a swift, a severe and a united response from us and from Europe.”

16 COMMENTS

  1. Joe is a stupid old man whom deserves to be in a retirement home worried about who is going to change his Depends

  2. Sleepy Joe should send young Hunter over to broker a deal. He has a lot of influence there. If I were an American in the region, it would give me great comfort to know that the Bidens were looking out for me and my family.

  3. What are we going to do? Send our border czar to advise them on how to stop an invasion? Apparently not all borders are created equal.

  4. Once again we may be responsible for an unnecessary war. Go back to the Obama / Biden administration and read the news articles. I think we may be as responsible as anyone for this mess.

    • I see MSNBC has interviewed Colonel Vindman who is saying it’s Trump’s fault. Got to set up the fall guy for Brandon and deflect blame.

  5. This contrived conflict is almost entirely the fault of NATO needlessly provoking Russia.
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    Once again, I am ashamed to be an American. Well, ashamed to be a vassal of the Tyranny on the Potomac, anyway.

  6. The hypocrisy is breathtaking.
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    “If a single additional Russian force goes into Ukraine in an aggressive way… that would trigger a swift, a severe and a united response from us and from Europe.” (Secretary of State Antony Blinken)
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    “I was asked last night who is controlling the border? Is it President Biden? Is it Kamala Harris, who is it? And my answer was, it’s the cartels. The cartels control the borders now. It’s not even the Border Patrol. It’s not even the U.S. government,” (National Border Patrol Council President Brandon Judd)
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    Yet Nobody Important is issuing advisories about cartel invasions of America’s southern border.
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    While NBC reports “The first American shipment of ‘lethal aid’ to Ukraine has touched down in Kyiv.”, no such aid seems on its way to Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, or California.
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    While NBC reports “The shipment demonstrates U.S. commitment to helping Ukraine bolster its defenses in the face of growing Russian aggression.”, no such “bolstering” seems forthcoming for southern border communities in the face of growing Mexican cartel aggression.
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    Blinken’s worried about Russians abusing and imprisoning foreigners and locals alike, especially those who are seen as opposing Russian occupiers, but not about America’s southern border towns where cartels abuse, imprison, torture, mutilate, blow up, enslave, or kill anybody who opposes their cartel occupiers, why is that?
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    Absent an acceptable answer, one might be forgiven for not giving a damn about the sanctity of Ukraine’s borders, not jumping on the bandwagon to send young Americans to die for Ukraine’s borders… while America’s very existence is threatened because America’s southern border is, by government decree, wide open to Mexican cartel control.

  7. Get out of Russia, too. Pootie poot is not above framing you for something. An Joe will sell your out for ten cents

  8. Interesting that Putin is doing this at the same time the CCP is threatening Taiwan. Is Putin now Xi’s little girl? So much for independence. Cheers –

  9. This could devolve into an opportunity for the US to redeem a shred of what it lost in its exits and defeats in Vietnam and Afghanistan. At the same time it could provide opportunities for N. Korea and China to make moves while the US is focused on Putin. It would be silly to think this might not have a particular impact on Alaska, the one state that borders Russia and the on arctic state.

  10. Beijing Biden is willing to risk nuclear war in order to divert attention from his administration’s miserably failed Covid response. The official Covid narrative is crumbling by the minute and is exposing corruption, malfeasance & incompetence at the highest levels! The Dems are acting like cornered animals now & are willing to do great damage to the country if it can keep them out of prison.

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