President Zalenskyy Reveals Potential Timeline for Russian Invasion
Amid rising tensions, the United States is closing its embassy in the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv and relocating operations 340 miles west to Lviv.
U.S. is moving all its embassy staff out of Ukraine as officials prepare for possible Russian invasion, sources tell me and @AlbertoNardelli. The few who were remaining are being relocated to Poland for tonight, I’m told. https://t.co/TlYJ7xHUL3— Jennifer Jacobs (@JenniferJJacobs) February 21, 2022
Background: For weeks, Russian troops have been mounting on the border of Ukraine on the brink of invasion. New reports estimate approximately 130,000 Russian troops are prepared to invade.
Russia has threatened to invade its neighbor unless Vladimir Putin is given assurances that Ukraine will not be admitted to the European Union (EU) or The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in the future.
As tensions have continued to rise and Russia has bolstered its troops, the U.S. has called for Americans, including diplomats, to immediately leave Ukraine.
What Happened: The State Department ordered the destruction of networking equipment and computer workstations and the dismantling of the embassy telephone system, according to U.S. officials familiar with the matter and internal communications reviewed by The Wall Street Journal.
These moves render the Kyiv embassy inoperable as a diplomatic facility.
On Monday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zalenskyy said he believes Russia will invade this week.
Kolejne amerykańskie myśliwce F15 wylądowały dziś w bazie w Łasku. 8 maszyn dołączy do tych, które przybyły do Polski w zeszłym tygodniu. W ramach misji #NATOAirPolicing dbamy o bezpieczeństwo w regionie. pic.twitter.com/Ni9ZmVlS00— Mariusz Błaszczak (@mblaszczak) February 14, 2022
Translation: More American F15 fighters landed today at the base in Łask. Eight planes will join those that came to Poland last week. As part of the mission #NATOAirPolicing, we are responsible for security in the region.
“We are told that February 16 will be the day of attack. We will make it a union day,” he said. “The decree has already been signed. This [Wednesday] afternoon, we will hang national flags, put on blue-yellow ribbons, and show the world our unity.” (per Fox News)
Experts had speculated that Russia would wait until the conclusion of the 2022 Winter Olympics before making a move against Ukraine.
On Monday, eight more U.S. F-15 fighter jets have landed in Poland Monday, according to Polish Defense Minister Mariusz Błaszczak.
Other Details: On Monday said German Chancellor Olaf Scholz threatened sanctions is Russia invades.
Chancellor Scholz said, “in the event of a military escalation, we are prepared to impose very far-reaching and effective sanctions [on Russia] in coordination with our allies,” following a meeting with President Zelenskyy.
US military stepping up evacuation of American diplomatic and civilian staff. US has abandoned Kabul embassy tho tried to fudge that on US morning TV shows. A core group of American diplomats who had planned to remain at the embassy have moved to a facility at the airport.— Andrew Neil (@afneil) August 15, 2021