The United States allowed the evacuation of families of embassy employees in Ukraine

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The US Embassy in Ukraine has asked the State Department to allow non-essential personnel and their families to leave the country. The evacuation could begin as early as next week, CNN correspondents Matthew Chance and Natasha Bertrand report, citing sources familiar with the matter.

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A State Department spokesman said he had “nothing to announce” at this time, adding that the department was doing thorough contingency planning “as we always do when the security situation worsens.” The representative of the embassy declined to comment to the TV channel.

A source close to the Ukrainian government told CNN that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky discussed a possible evacuation of embassy staff with US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken. According to the interlocutor of the channel, the Ukrainian leader said that if Washington takes such a step, it will be an “overreaction”.

The day before, Bloomberg, citing sources, also wrote that the United States are considering the possibility of evacuating diplomats from Ukraine due to the situation around the alleged “Russian invasion”.

According to the plan, family members of diplomats can be taken out on a mandatory basis, and non-essential embassy staff will be able to leave at will. According to the agency, an official announcement about the beginning of the evacuation could be published within a few days.

In total, about 180 US citizens and 560 hired Ukrainian citizens work at the US embassy in Ukraine. This number does not include family members of US diplomats.

An interlocutor of the agency from among EU diplomats said that European countries also developed a plan for the evacuation of embassies in Ukraine in case of emergency, but so far no measures have been taken. The Express edition wrote that the British special service SAS received an order to be ready to take out diplomats at any time.

Earlier, on January 18, The New York Times, citing a source in the SBU, wrote that Russia is also preparing the evacuation of diplomats from the country. According to the source, staff at two Russian consulates were instructed to prepare for the departure. Moreover, in early January, 18 people had already left Ukraine, including the children and wives of Russian diplomats, the newspaper reported.

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said the same day that Russia had prepared to evacuate the families of diplomats from Ukraine at the end of December— early January.

The Russian Foreign Ministry denied this information, calling these statements a provocation, and announced the regular work of the diplomatic mission in Kiev.

Reports of a possible evacuation of embassies in Ukraine appear against the backdrop of accusations from West in preparation for the “Russian invasion” to Ukrainian territory. Moscow has repeatedly denied these accusations.

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