Biden warns Americans in Ukraine to leave, says sending troops to evacuate would be ‘world war’
Ukraine: Due to increased Russian military threats, US President Joe Biden has ordered all American citizens still in Ukraine to leave the country immediately. Mr. Biden has stated that if Russia invades Ukraine, he will not send troops to rescue Americans.
“Things could go crazy quickly” in the region, he warned.
Despite massing more than 100,000 troops near the Ukrainian border, Russia has repeatedly denied any plans to invade the country. However, it has recently begun large-scale military exercises with Belarus, and Ukraine has accused Russia of obstructing its access to the sea. The Kremlin has stated that it intends to enforce “red lines” in order to prevent its former Soviet neighbor from joining Nato.
In the midst of the tensions, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Thursday that Europe is facing its worst security crisis in decades. The US State Department has advised Americans in Ukraine to leave as soon as possible. Mr Biden told NBC News, “American citizens should leave now.” “We’re up against one of the world’s largest armies. It’s a completely different situation, and things could quickly spiral out of control.”
When asked if he could imagine a scenario in which he would send troops to rescue fleeing Americans, Mr Biden said: “There isn’t any. When the United States and Russia start shooting at each other, it’s a world war. We live in a world that is vastly different from anything we’ve ever known.”
Meanwhile, world leaders continued their frantic diplomacy to defuse the current Ukraine crisis.After nine hours of talks with French and German officials aimed at ending the separatist conflict in eastern Ukraine, Russia and Ukraine announced late Thursday that they had failed to reach any agreement. While there are disagreements, Ukrainian envoy Andriy Yermak stated that “there is a will to continue and a will to negotiate.”
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