UK withdraws diplomats from Ukraine over fears of Russian invasion

UK embassy in Kyiv

UK embassy in kyiv

The UK has ordered the withdrawal of some of its diplomats and their families from Ukraine due to fears that Russia could invade.

Half of diplomatic staff and their families stationed at the UK’s outpost in Kyiv will leave the country, amid growing expectations that Russian could stage an attack.

The UK move comes after the US ordered families of American diplomats out of the country for the same reason, and offered non-essential embassy staff flights home.

The EU said today that it has no plans to withdraw its own diplomatic staff, with top diplomat Josep Borrell saying there is no need to ‘dramatise’ the situation.

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Russia has massed 100,000 troops on the Ukrainian border and issued a list of security demands to the US and its NATO allies.

The alliance has described most of the list – including a ban on Ukraine joining and the withdrawal of troops from ex-Soviet states – as ‘non-starters’.

However, high-level talks are ongoing with the US due to provide written responses this week.

Source: Daily Mail

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