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US National Security Advisor, Jake Sullivan, urged all Americans still in Ukraine to leave within the next 24 to 48 hours, citing the danger of a possible Russian invasion.
“Obviously we cannot predict the future. We don’t know exactly what’s going to happen,” Sullivan said during the White House press briefing.
“But the risk is now high enough and the threat is now sufficiently immediate that that is what caution demands. If you stay, you are assuming risks with no guarantee that there will be another opportunity to leave.
Sullivan added that there would be “no prospect of a US military evacuation in the event of a Russian invasion”, so US citizens should make plans to leave the country immediately.
“If a Russian attack on Ukraine precedes it will likely begin with aerial bombardment and missile attacks which obviously could kill civilians regardless of nationality,” Sullivan said.
Joe Biden delivered a similar message yesterday, urging all Americans still in Ukraine to leave because “things could get crazy quick” if Russia invaded.
“American citizens should leave, should leave now,” Biden told NBC News. “We are dealing with one of the largest armies in the world. It’s a very different situation and things could get crazy fast.