The United States Embassy in Kyiv, Ukraine, on Tuesday urged U.S. citizens to leave the country, citing intelligence that Russia is ramping up its aggression.
“The Department of State has information that Russia is stepping up efforts to launch strikes against Ukraine’s civilian infrastructure and government facilities in the coming days … The U.S. Embassy urges U.S. citizens to depart Ukraine now using privately available ground transportation options if it is safe to do so,” the embassy wrote in an alert.
“The security situation throughout Ukraine is highly volatile and conditions may deteriorate without warning. U.S. citizens should remain vigilant and take appropriate steps to increase their security awareness.”
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has warned of potential Russian escalation ahead of the Aug. 24 celebration.
“We should be aware that this week Russia may try to do something particularly nasty, something particularly cruel,” Zelensky said in a recent address.
“Dear Ukrainians, especially these days, when we celebrate the day of our flag and the day of our independence, if you are somewhere abroad, please remind about Ukraine there, be there with the Ukrainian flag and spread the truth about the crimes of the occupiers,” Zelensky said Monday.