Ukraine Tensions: Family Members of Czech Diplomats Left the Country

More than a dozen countries have urged their citizens to leave Ukraine amid warnings from Western powers that an invasion by Russia could be imminent.

The US, UK, Germany and the Czech Republic are among those who told their nationals to leave.

The last family members of the diplomats at the Czech Embassy in Kiev will leave the town on Sunday afternoon and evening. The embassy will continue to operate with 29 people remaining there.

On Saturday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced the withdrawal of the diplomat’s family members from the country. The Ministry also recommended Czechs who are in Ukraine to leave the country.

Canada is also moving its embassy staff to Lviv, near the border with Poland.

Australia, Italy, Israel, the Netherlands and Japan have told their citizens to leave Ukraine. Some have also evacuated diplomatic staff and their families.

The Kremlin described the call as taking place amid “peak hysteria” from the US and its allies, and said Mr. Putin had again told his counterpart that they had not addressed Russia’s security concerns. But both leaders would continue to talk, it said.

Moscow has amassed an estimated 100,000 troops along Ukraine’s border but denies any intent to invade.

In a phone call, US President Joe Biden again warned Russian leader Vladimir Putin of the costs of any invasion.

For his part, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said invasion warnings could stoke panic, which he called “the best friend of our enemies”.

The White House has warned that an invasion could happen at any time, and could begin with bombing from the air. Russia characterised such allegations as “provocative speculation”.


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