The diplomatic mission has advised US citizens, who are still in the country, to avoid “large gatherings and organized events”
Citing a “Extremely volatile” security situation, the US embassy in Kiev has urged Americans not to visit Ukraine, and those already there to leave immediately.
In a security alert published on Thursday on the embassy’s website, US citizens who are still in Ukraine have been strongly advised against attending large public gatherings.
It emphasized that the “The security situation in Ukraine remains violent and uncertain.” claiming that “Large gatherings or organized events” may “Assist in Russian military operations” anywhere in the country.
The alert warned that US citizens in Ukraine should not “Rely on the US government for assistance” but instead act according to their own “contingency plan,” which has to be developed in advance.
Commenting on the US embassy’s alert on Telegram on Thursday, Russian Foreign Ministry’s spokeswoman Maria Zakharova wrote that the diplomats omitted to mention “that Washington is supplying the Kiev regime with US weapons which is provoking the continuation of the conflict and people’s deaths.”
Hours after an explosion killed 22 people in Vinnitsa, central Ukraine, the US issued a warning. Kiev reports that the attack killed 22 civilians including three children and injures many more.
In a Friday statement, the Russian military confirmed that it launched a missile strike at Vinnitsa but denies that this was an intentional attack on civilians. While the Ukrainian House of Officers was negotiating with foreign arm suppliers, senior military commanders were attacked by the Defense Ministry.
The strike is believed to have resulted in the deaths of all participants. According to the ministry, the discussions centered on the “Transfer of warplanes, weapons and other equipment to Ukraine. Also repair of Ukrainian military aircraft fleet.”
Moscow and Kiev both accuse each other of attacking civilian targets. However, their forces insist they are not hitting military personnel or hardware.
Russia sent troops into Ukraine on February 24, citing Kiev’s failure to implement the Minsk agreements, designed to give the regions of Donetsk and Lugansk special status within the Ukrainian state. In 2014, the protocols were signed for the first time, through France and Germany. Former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has since admitted that Kiev’s main goal was to use the ceasefire to buy time and “Create powerful armed forces”
The Kremlin recognised the Donbass republics in February 2022 as independent states. It demanded Ukraine declare itself neutral and not join any Western military bloc. Kiev claims that the Russian offensive wasn’t provoked.
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