Joe Biden warns Americans in Ukraine to leave, says sending US troops would be ‘world war’
US President Joe Biden has warned Americans in Ukraine to leave the country immediately amid tensions between Moscow and Kiev, saying sending US troops for an evacuation would mean a “world war”.
“American citizens should leave now,” Biden said in an interview with BNC News.
“It’s not like we’re dealing with a terrorist organization. We’re dealing with one of the biggest armies in the world. It’s a very different situation and things could get crazy fast,” he said. he stated, according to NBC News.
Asked about the scenario that would force US troops into Ukraine to evacuate Americans, Biden replied, “There is none. It’s a world war when the Americans and Russia start shooting at each other.”
Meanwhile, the US State Department issued a new advisory urging Americans in Ukraine to leave the country as soon as possible, reinforcing earlier warnings that urged its citizens to “consider” such action.
“Do not travel to Ukraine due to heightened threats of Russian military action and Covid-19; those in Ukraine should depart now by commercial or private means. If staying in Ukraine, exercise extra caution due to crime, civil unrest and potential combat operations should Russia take military action. Certain areas pose an increased risk,” the advisory said Thursday (local time).
On January 23, the State Department authorized the evacuation of family members of American diplomats and directly recruited employees. The State Department also recommended that US citizens in Ukraine consider leaving immediately due to the unpredictable security situation.
Meanwhile, the first group of US soldiers from the 82nd Airborne Division arrived in Poland on February 5 after Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby announced that 1,700 additional US troops would be sent. in the country, Polish media reported.
Earlier, Kirby said the United States would temporarily deploy additional forces to Europe amid escalating tensions with Russia. The deployment includes 1,700 soldiers to be sent to Poland and 1,000 American servicemen based in Germany will be transferred to Romania and another 8,500 soldiers “will remain ready to move if called by the NATO response force”, had said Kirby.
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