Breaking: US Embassy urges Americans in Russia to leave immediately amid violent attacks in Ukraine

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  • As the war between Ukraine and Russia escalates, the United States has given its citizens the best options that would guarantee their safety
  • In a recent State Department advisory, the United States urged its Russian citizens to consider leaving the country as nations close their airspace and airlines cancel flights.
  • Earlier, Russian shelling killed at least 11 civilians in Ukraine’s second most populous city, Kharkiv, on Monday amid peace talks.

The U.S. Embassy on Sunday (Feb. 27) recommended Americans in Russia leave immediately after the invasion of Ukraine, CNN reports.

The embassy cited a growing number of airlines canceling flights and countries closing their airspace to Russia after its invasion of Ukraine.

Earlier, this decision by the United States comes hours after it asked its citizens not to travel to Russia.

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Breaking: US Embassy urges Americans in Russia to leave immediately amid violent attacks
People line up outside the Solomianska region grocery store on February 26, 2022 in Kyiv, Ukraine. Photo credit: Anastasia Vlasova/Getty Images
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The State Department said:

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“US citizens should consider leaving Russia immediately through the commercial options still available.”

The embassy said in a notice on Sunday:

“A growing number of airlines are canceling flights to and from Russia, and many countries have closed their airspace to Russian airlines. U.S. citizens should consider leaving Russia immediately through trade options that are still available.”

“The U.S. Embassy reminds U.S. citizens that the State Department’s travel advisory level for Russia is ‘Level 4: Do Not Travel.’

He asked American citizens to have an emergency plan that does not depend on help from the US government, Reuters added.

The attack

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the biggest attack on a European state since World War II, has sparked a barrage of Western retaliation, with the US and European governments imposing sanctions on Russian banks and financial institutions, added Reuters.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin called the attack a special operation in which he aims to demilitarize Moscow’s southern neighbor.

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Previously, the Romanian and Hungarian governments approved visa-free access for all Nigerians coming from Ukraine amid the Russian invasion.

This good news was made public by the Federal Government through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in a statement on Sunday, February 27.

In the statement signed by the Ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Ambassador Gabriel Aduda, Nigerians in Ukraine were urged to flee to the Hungarian border of Zahony and the Romanian borders of Suceava, Tulcea, Satu Mare County and Maramures.

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In another report, a global analyst, Ademola Oshodi, described the invasion of Ukraine, a sovereign country, by Russian troops as a gross violation of international norms and ethics.

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In an exclusive interview with Legit.ng on Saturday, February 26, Oshodi said the US invasion of Iraq in 1990 was hailed by Iraqis for the liberation of their country from the repressive regime of Saddam Hussein.

He said, however, that the vast majority of Ukrainians did not support Russia’s military incursion.

Source: Legit.ng

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