EU mission advises non-essential personnel to leave Ukraine, US citizens urged to leave

DUBAI: Saudi Arabia’s embassy in Kyiv on Saturday urged Saudi citizens to quickly contact the embassy to facilitate their departure from Ukraine as tensions mount with Russia.

The embassy also advised citizens to postpone any plans to visit Ukraine, state television reported.

Many countries issued an advisory on Saturday advising against traveling to Ukraine amid heightened tensions between Kyiv and Moscow.

Arab countries such as Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Jordan and Iraq have warned citizens against traveling to Ukraine and urged those in the country to leave immediately.

British nationals have also been told that those choosing to remain in Ukraine should not expect military evacuation in the event of a conflict with Russia, Deputy Defense Minister James Heappey told Sky News on Saturday.

“British nationals should leave Ukraine immediately by all possible means and they should not expect, as they have seen this summer with Afghanistan, a possibility of military evacuation,” he said. he declares.

Dutch Foreign Minister Wopke Hoekstra on Saturday called on Dutch citizens to leave Ukraine as soon as possible due to the security situation there.

Germany on Saturday asked its nationals whose presence in Ukraine was not “imperative” to leave, saying that a “military conflict cannot be ruled out” as tensions rise.

“Tensions between Russia and Ukraine have risen again in recent days due to massive movements of Russian military units near the Ukrainian border,” the Foreign Ministry said.

“If you are currently in Ukraine, make sure your presence is imperative. If not, please leave the country for now.

Americans in Ukraine were told Friday they had to leave within 48 hours because Russia could attack at any time, likely with an air assault, the White House said.

However, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has accused the United States of seeking to provoke conflict in Ukraine.

(with Reuters and AFP)

Michelle J. Kelley