Ukraine: US orders families of embassy staff to leave

The US has ordered the relatives of its embassy staff in Ukraine to leave amid rising tension in the region.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken greets embassy staff at the US embassy in Kyiv on 19 January 2022 as part of a two-day visit in Ukraine.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken met with staff at the US embassy in the Ukrainian capital Kyiv (or Kiev) on 19 January. Photo: AFP

The State Department has also given permission for non-essential staff to leave and urged US citizens in Ukraine to consider departing.

In a statement, it said US citizens should not travel to Russia due “to ongoing tension along the border with Ukraine”, further warning on the conflict with Kyiv as Moscow amasses troops near its neighbour.

The State Department said there were reports that Russia is planning significant military action against Ukraine.

Russia has denied claims that it is planning to invade Ukraine.

“There are reports Russia is planning significant military action against Ukraine,” the advisory from the State Department said.

It added that the security conditions are “unpredictable and can deteriorate with little notice”.

The State Department reissued its travel advisory that says Americans should not travel to Russia, adding: “US citizens are strongly advised against travelling by land from Russia to Ukraine through this region.”

The head of the military defence alliance NATO has warned there is a risk of fresh conflict in Europe after an estimated 100,000 Russian troops amassed on the border.

On Saturday, some 90 tonnes of US “lethal aid” including ammunition for “front-line defenders” arrived in Ukraine.

US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said the government were putting together a “series of actions that would figure into President Putin’s calculus” including beefing up defences in Ukraine with more military assistance.

Russia has seized Ukrainian territory before, when it annexed Crimea in 2014, after the country overthrew their pro-Moscow president.

Ever since, Ukraine’s military has been locked in a war with Russian-backed rebels in areas of the east near Russia’s borders. An estimated 14,000 people have been killed in the Donbas region.

Meanwhile, the UK embassy in Ukraine said some staff and dependants are being withdrawn from Kyiv in response to the growing threat from Russia.

On Sunday, the UK foreign office accused Putin of planning to install a pro-Moscow figure to lead Ukraine’s government.

UK ministers have warned that the Russian government will face serious consequences if there is an incursion.

– BBC / Reuters

FAKAMATALA FAKATONGA NOUNOU

 

 

‘Oatu pe ki’I puipuitu’a nounou ko ‘eni kia kinautolu ‘oku manako lau hisitōlia’ ke tokoni ke toe mahino ange hono lau ‘etau ongoongo’ mo e tu’utu’u tau ko ‘eni kuo uki ai ‘a ‘Amelika ‘a honau kakai ngāue faka’amipasitoa ‘I ‘Iukuleini ke nau mavahe leva mei he fonua’ ni. ‘Oku ngali ‘e fai hono fakafepaki’I lahi ‘o Lūsia he’ene ngaahi langa tau ‘I ‘Iukuleini’.

Ko e hā ‘a e tupunga ‘o e nga’uta fakakautau ko ‘eni ‘I he vā ‘o Lūsia mo e ‘Iukuleini’ pea ko e hā e ‘uhinga e hū atu ‘a ‘Amelika mo ngaahi fonua ‘o e NATO ‘o kau ai.

‘Oku ui ‘eni ko e Russo-Ukrainian War pea ko e feke’ike’I ‘eni ia ‘a e ongo fonua talu mei Fepueli 2014 ‘o takimu’a ai ‘a Lūsia mo e kautau ‘I ‘Iukuleisini ‘oku nau poupou ki Lūsia mo e kakai ‘o  ‘Iukuleini ‘oku poupou’I ia ‘e he NATO (‘a ia ko e ngaahi fonua ‘Iulope kotoa ia ‘e mei 30  kau ai ‘a Pilitānia, Falanisē, Siamane mo ‘Amelika). Ko e tau ‘eni tu’unga he muitolotolo lahi ‘oku ‘iloa ko Kalimia’ ‘a ia ‘oku tu’u he tokelau ‘o e Talh ‘Uli’uli’ mo ‘Iulope Hahake. ‘Oku fe’unga hono tokolahi’ mo e toko ua miliona tupu. Ko e feitu’u ko ‘eni kuo ‘osi fakatokanga’ia fakavaha’apule’anga ko e konga ia ‘o ‘Iukuleini.

Na’e tupu e kē ‘a Lūsia mo ‘Iukuleini ‘I  Kilimia’ mei he hoko ‘a e fakahā loto kuo ‘iloa ko e Euromaidan ‘a ia ko ha ngaahi fakahā loto ‘eni ‘a ha kau ‘Iukuleini pe ne kamata he 2013 ‘o fakafepaki’I ‘a e loto ‘a honau pule’anga’ ke toloi atu ‘enau fakamo’oni he aleapau European Union–Ukraine Association Agreement pe aleapau ‘eni ke tu’ufakataha ‘a ‘Iukuleini mo e ‘iunioni ‘a ‘Iulope’ ka ke nau fakataha kinautolu mo Lūsia mo e Eurasian Economic Union. Ne fakalalahi ‘a e fakahā loto’ ni he mamahi ‘a e kau ‘Iukuleini’ honau pule’anga  ‘o a’u ki he iku fakafisi ‘a e palesiteni’. Ka ne hoko ia ke hū hake ai ‘a e kau sōtia ‘ikai teunga sōtia angamaheni Lūsia ia ‘o nau puke fakamālohi’i ‘a e ngaahi feitu’u talā mo mahu’inga ‘o ‘Iukuleini. Ne paasi ai ‘e Lūsia ‘enau lao ke fakamafai’I ‘enau hū atu ki ‘Iukuleini’. Ne iku ai ke fakaanga’I lahi heni ‘e he kakai o Kilimia ’ ha fili fakahāloto ne fai ‘e honau Fale Alea’ ‘o pehē ke nau kau kinautolu ki Lūsia ka ko e tāla’a ‘a e kakai ‘o Kilimia ki he ola e fili ni ’ he ko e kau Lūsia’ pe ia ne nau fokotu’utu’u’.

Kaekehe, ne hokohoko mai heni ‘a e ngaahi alea kehekehe pe ia ka ko e me’a ke mahino foki ko e kasa ko ia ‘a ‘Lūsia ‘oku tufaki ki ‘Iulope’ ‘oku fou ia ‘I ‘Iukuleini pea ‘oku mei ma’u ‘e he fonua’ ni ia ‘a e pa’anga ‘Iulo ‘e tolu piliona he ta’u kei ai. Ka ‘oku hoko ia ke fa’a fai ai ‘a e ngaahi alea lalahi pea ne iku ‘o fa’u ‘e Lūsia ia ‘ene paipa fo’ou ‘ana ke fakatafe ai ‘ene kasa’ ‘o ‘ikai fou ia ‘I ‘Iukuleini.

Kaekehe ko e toe mapuna hake ko ‘eni ‘o hū atu ‘a ‘Amelika mo e NATO ko e mahino mai kuo toe ‘ātakai’I ‘e Lūsia ‘a ‘Iukuleini he uike’ ni

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