The diplomatic mission has advised US citizens still in the country to avoid “large gatherings and organized events.”
to quote a “very volatile” security situation, the US embassy in Kiev has urged Americans not to visit Ukraine, and those who are already there to leave immediately.
In a security warning published on the embassy’s website on Thursday, US citizens still in Ukraine are strongly advised not to attend large public gatherings.
It emphasized that the “security situation across Ukraine remains violent and unpredictable,“claim that”large gatherings and organized events” be able to “serve as Russian military targets‘ all over the country.
The warning warned that U.S. citizens in Ukraine should not “relying on help from the US government“but instead act according to their own”emergency plan,” which must be developed in advance.
Responding to the warning issued by the US embassy on Telegram on Thursday, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova wrote that diplomats failed to mention “that Washington provides the Kiev regime with American weapons, causing the continuation of the conflict and the death of people.”
The US warning was published hours after a deadly explosion hit the city of Vinnitsa in central Ukraine on Thursday. According to Kiev, the attack claimed the lives of 22 civilians, including three children, and injured more.
The Russian army confirmed in a statement Friday the launch of a rocket attack on a target in Vinnitsa, but denied it was a deliberate attack on civilians. The Defense Ministry said it had attacked Ukrainian senior military commanders while they were negotiating with foreign arms suppliers at the local House of Officers building.
All participants are said to have died as a result of the strike. According to the ministry, the talks focused on the “transfer of more combat aircraft and weapon systems, as well as repair of the Ukrainian military air fleet.”
Both Kiev and Moscow have repeatedly accused each other of hitting civilian targets, while insisting that their respective forces only attack military objects, hardware and personnel.
Russia sent troops to Ukraine on February 24, citing Kiev’s failure to implement the Minsk agreements intended to give the Donetsk and Lugansk regions special status within the Ukrainian state. The protocols, brokered by Germany and France, were first signed in 2014. Former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has since admitted that Kiev’s main goal was to use the ceasefire to buy time and “create powerful armed forces.”
In February 2022, the Kremlin recognized the Donbass republics as independent states and demanded that Ukraine officially declare itself a neutral country that would never join a Western military bloc. Kiev insists that the Russian offensive was not provoked at all.
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