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The US is withdrawing most of its embassy staff from Ukraine. The fear of an imminent invasion of Russia is too great. The news ticker.

  • Ukraine conflict: tensions with Russia* stop at Ukrainian border.
  • Then: USA* Reduce embassy staff in Kiev for fear of Russian invasion.
  • Wladimir Putin*: Russian President continues to demand “security guarantees” from NATO.
  • The news situation on the Ukraine conflict in the news ticker.

Kiev/Washington – Tensions between Ukraine and Russia continue. Meanwhile, NATO has announced that it intends to increase its military presence in Eastern Europe. Meanwhile, US media are concerned and discussing the risk of Russia invading Ukraine. As CNN reports, an invasion in the spring is less risky than in the winter.

This is related to the soil conditions in the region: the frosty soil in winter would suit Russian troops. According to the argument, the ground conditions already prevented Napoleon and Hitler from invading Russia. The soil in spring even has its own name: Rasputitsa, or “season of bad roads”. According to the New York Times, which quotes US security strategists, muddy ground would benefit Ukraine in the event of an invasion. Only last week, however, did Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov again deny wanting to invade Ukraine. Instead, he called for “security guarantees” from NATO, which NATO does not want to fulfill.*

A poster with the face of Russian President Vladimir Putom is used by Ukrainian soldiers at the border for target practice. © Anatolii Stepanov/afp

Russian troop deployment: US media concerned about Ukraine conflict

The Washington Post writes that Russian “dictator” Vladimir Putin makes no secret of his desire for an empire like the former USSR. One should not shy away from harsh sanctions. German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock*(Greens)* had announced a resolute stance on the part of the EU towards Russia and emphasized a willingness to engage in dialogue with Russia. Germany rejects German arms deliveries to Ukraine and instead relies on sanctions.

In view of the tense situation, the US government is reducing its embassy presence in Kiev. The US State Department announced that employees who were not immediately required to leave the country voluntarily had been approved because of the ongoing threat from Russian military action. Family members of diplomats have been asked to leave Ukraine.

Ukraine calls cuts in US embassy staff ‘excessive caution’

Ukraine has reacted to the withdrawal of US embassy staff from Kiev: The reduction in embassy staff in Kiev was described as “excessive caution” by the USA. “We consider such a step by the American side to be premature,” the State Department said on Monday (January 24, 2022). The security situation has “not fundamentally changed”. The threat from Russia has been constant since 2014, the Foreign Ministry said. Russian troops near the state border had already deployed in April 2021.

Ukraine conflict: USA reduces embassy staff due to tense situation on the border with Russia

In view of the tense situation, the US government is reducing its embassy presence in Kiev. Family members of diplomats have been asked to leave Ukraine. The US State Department spoke of a voluntary departure of employees who are not immediately needed. With a massive Russian troop build-up near the border with Ukraine, there are fears in the West that Russia may be planning an invasion of Ukraine. Moscow rejects this and demands security guarantees from the USA and NATO.

In contrast to the USA, the European Union currently sees no reason to ask embassy staff and family members of diplomats to leave Ukraine. “I don’t think we have to dramatize,” said EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell on Monday (January 24, 2022) on the sidelines of a meeting of EU foreign ministers in Brussels. As long as negotiations with Russia were still going on, he didn’t think it was necessary to leave Ukraine.

EU does not want to withdraw embassy staff from Ukraine for the time being

At the same time, Borrell admitted that the assessment of the situation could change. Antony Blinken, US Secretary of State below US President Joe Biden*, which should be connected to the EU meeting via video conference, will explain the US announcement, said the Spaniard.

The US State Department announced that employees who were not immediately required to leave the country voluntarily because of the ongoing threat from Russian military action had been approved. Family members of US diplomats have been asked to leave Ukraine. From NATO and the G7 countries were warned in advance of the danger of war.*

Nato: There are fears that Vladimir Putin could plan an invasion of Russia

The EU representation in Ukraine is located in the center of the capital Kiev. It is currently headed by Estonian diplomat Matti Maasikas. With a massive Russian troop buildup near Ukraine, there are fears in the West that Russian leader Vladimir Putin may be planning an invasion of Ukraine. However, it is also considered possible that fears are only being stirred up in order to persuade the NATO states to make concessions when demands for new security guarantees are made. It is Russia’s declared goal, for example, that NATO refrain from further eastward expansion and withdraw its armed forces from eastern alliance states. NATO and the EU reject these demands as unacceptable. (dpa/afp/df) *fr.de is an offer from IPPEN.MEDIA.


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