US State Dept orders families of Embassy personnel in Ukraine to leave

BREAKING: US State Department ‘orders families of Embassy personnel in Ukraine to begin LEAVING as soon as Monday’

The U.S. State Department has ordered families of U.S. Embassy personnel living in Ukraine to start evacuating as soon as Monday, according to officials.

The department is also expected to tell Americans in the country next week to leave via commercial flights ‘while those are still available,’ an official told Fox News.

The order comes after U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov met in Geneva on Friday for crunch talks over the Ukraine crisis.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy has predicted a ‘large-scale’ war with Russia if the superpower attempts to occupy the industrial city of Kharkiv – which he believes is a target due to its large Russian-speaking population.

Blinken said there were ‘no breakthroughs’ in the talks with the United States’ former Cold War rival in a bid to prevent an imminent war with Ukraine.

Kharkiv, in Eastern Ukraine, is the former Soviet republic’s second biggest city with a population of about 1.4 million, and Zelenskiy believes it is a ‘feasible’ target for Vladimir Putin. 

Blinken’s insistence on a ‘severe’ response came a day after President Joe Biden drew widespread criticism for saying retaliation would depend on the details – and that a ‘minor incursion’ could prompt discord among Western allies.

On Thursday, Biden cautioned that any Russian troop movements across Ukraine’s border would constitute an invasion and that Moscow would ‘pay a heavy price’ for such an action.

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