While the situation concerning Russia’s potential invasion of Ukraine has been of high concern over the past month, the situation took an eye-opening turn recently after the State Department issued a dire announcement.
According to Fox News, President Joe Biden’s State Department ordered the evacuation of the families of U.S. Embassy personnel in Ukraine, starting on Monday.
Adding more fear to the situation, and especially for Americans who might be in Ukraine at this moment, the State Department is expected to encourage all other Americans in-country to begin evacuating via commercial flights, “while those are still available,” a State Department official added.
According to the New York Post, the State Department had already issued a “Level 4” travel advisory to Americans considering flying to Ukraine, citing the pandemic and the growing threat of a Russian invasion.
What’s the latest?
As Fox noted, Russia has several hundred thousand troops essentially surrounding its border with Ukraine, which was the result of a fairly rapid build-up in past months.
Just recently, squadrons of advanced Russian fighter jets arrived at an air base in Belarus, which borders Ukraine to the north, and added even more fear that an invasion — of some scale — is imminent.
U.S. officials have reported that under the order of President Biden, “tons” of U.S. weapons and ammunition are en route to the country, with the first batch of some 200,000 pounds of “lethal aid” arriving on Friday night, Fox News noted.
Reportedly, within the next week, shipments of anti-tank Javelin missiles will also be brought in to Ukraine from neighboring allies, in order to further prepare for a ground invasion.
What’s the plan?
The Post reported that when asked for comment on the developing situation, the State Department had little to say in the way of details.
“We conduct rigorous contingency planning, as we always do, in the event the security situation deteriorates,” a department official said.
“If there is a decision to change our posture with respect to American diplomats and their families, American citizens should not anticipate that there will be US government-sponsored evacuations,” the spokesperson added. “Currently commercial flights are available to support departures.”
One can barely even fathom the Biden administration attempting yet another emergency, last-minute evacuation of Americans from what could soon be hostile territory. The first time around, in Afghanistan, was an unmitigated disaster. Should it happen again, it would undoubtedly mark the end of the Biden administration.