A new security alert has been issued by the US Embassy in Kyiv following the Russian attack on Ukraine stating that the State Department won’t assist US citizens to evacuate and will shut down consular operations.
The alert issued on Thursday also offered Americans advice on what to do in case of bombing and reminded them that the United States will not be able to evacuate them from Ukraine.
The Department of State suspended consular operations in Lviv Ukraine so, according to the message published on the embassy’s website, US citizens that need emergency assistance and those who decide to remain in Ukraine should complete an online form to which the State Department will respond.
They are also advised to seek consular services at US embassies in neighboring countries, such as Hungary, Poland, or Moldova, urging them at the same time to leave the country due to a possible military threat from Russia starting from January 24.
For the Americans that are seeking to depart Ukraine by land to Poland, the US government has established a 24-hour Welcome Center in Przemysl, Poland, near the Poland/Ukraine border.
Americans throughout Ukraine were told to monitor major news outlets for updates, warning them that further Russian military action can occur at any time without notice, and are strongly encouraged to remain vigilant and take appropriate steps to increase their security awareness
They’re advised to shelter in place in the event of bombing or seek cover if they’re outdoors when loud explosions or sirens are heard, warning them also to stay away from debris after an attack.
The Russian special military operation comes after the decision of the Russian President Vladimir Putin to recognize the independence of the Donbas’ breakaway Donetsk (DPR) and Lugansk (LPR) People’s Republics.
Following the recognition, Putin also sent troops in what he described as a peacekeeping operation in the region.
Moscow was continuously alleging that Kyiv had not lived up to its obligations under the Minsk agreements of 2014 and 2015 to resolve the conflict between Donbas separatists and the Ukrainian government.
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