With the rising tensions in Ukraine showing no signs of de-escalating, The “imminent” threat of Russian military intervention in Ukraine, according to US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, warrants the evacuation of the US embassy in Kyiv. His remarks come after Ukraine’s president urged calm, claiming that hysteria was the deadliest adversary. Over a dozen nations have issued warnings to their citizens to flee Ukraine. Moscow, which has more than 100,000 troops mounted along the border, has blatantly denied any intention of invading. ,The Kremlin’s foreign policy adviser Yuri Ushakov, played down US fears of an imminent attack, claiming their was no need for panick” The situation has erupted eight years after Russia annexed Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula in the south. Since then, The Ukraine military has been battling separatists backed by Russia in eastern Ukraine, close to the borders of Russia On Sunday, President Joe Biden had a phone conversation with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. As reported by the White House, the two presidents “agreed on the need of continuing to pursue diplomacy and deterrence especially at this point in time. It came after Mr. Biden’s Saturday phone call with Russian President Vladimir Putin, in which he warned of “rapid and harsh consequences” if Russia sent soldiers in. Meanwhile, British Defence Secretary Ben Wallace likened previous Western diplomatic efforts to prevent an invasion to Nazi Germany’s appeasement. “There’s a familiar scent of Munich in the air,” Mr Wallace told the Metronews, ironically referring to an agreement with Hitler later failed to prevent World War Two. Mr Wallace’s remarks were criticized by Ukraine’s ambassador to the UK, Vadym Prystaiko. “It’s not the greatest time for us to anger our world partners by reminding them of this act that actually [caused] war,” he told Metronews correspondant ‘The prudent course of action’ Several countries, including the United Kingdom, the United States, and Germany, have advised their citizens to leave Ukraine immediately.
Following the United States’ decision to remove the majority of its embassy staff in Kyiv, Canada and Australia took similar steps. All three countries have instead relocated their operations to Lviv, near the Polish border, however the UK ambassador has stated that she will remain in Kiev with a core team. Mr. The risk of military action was “high enough” and “imminent enough” that evacuation from the embassy was “the responsible thing to do claimed Mr. Blinken ” President Zelensky, on the other hand, had previously advised calm, saying, “Right now, the people’s biggest adversary is panic.” Mr Zelensky stated that there was no sign or prove of an impending invasion by the russian military In the face of Russian threats, a Ukrainian city comes together. The memories of Ukraine’s starvation drive Kremlin animosity. According to Zhanna Bezpiatchuk of the BBC, no big signals of fear have been seen in Kyiv or other large Ukrainian cities. She did add, though, that Ukrainians are beginning to take the Russian threat more seriously and are taking their own precautions. READ ALSO : US intelligence warns Russia might be able to overrun Ukraine in two days if the rising tension escalates As a precaution, the mayor’s office of Kyiv has set up an emergency evacuation plan for the city’s three million citizens. The White House has warned that Ukraine ought to be vigilant as an invasion may occur at any time which could start with aerial attacks Meanwhile, because to the tensions, Dutch airline KLM stated on Saturday that all flights to Ukraine will be suspended indefinitely. Since 2014, the airline has not flown over eastern Ukraine or Crimea. Lufthansa, a German airline, has announced that it is considering canceling flights. According to Reuters, a senior adviser to Ukraine’s president’s chief of staff said Ukraine sees no special need in guarding its airspace, calling such thought crazy. ” Nevertherless, Ukraine’s air traffic control head advised airline companies to avoid a “possibly red zone” over the Black Sea between 14 and 19 February, where Russian forces are conducting their largest naval operations in years. He however stated that Ukraine’s airspace is open for now and available for flights.” Tension continues to rise as Russia keep deploying troops along Ukraine’s eastern border The Kremlin has stated that it cannot accept Ukraine – a former Soviet republic with strong social and cultural ties to Russia – joining Nato at some point in the future, and has insisted that this be ruled out. The US has rejected this, claiming that Ukraine should be allowed to choose its own security alliances as a sovereign nation.