Joe Biden have told American Citizens to evacuate Ukraine as tension in the region increases.
President Biden on Thursday urged Americans in the region to leave the country immediately, warning that “things could go crazy quickly” in the region.
“American citizens should leave now,” Biden said in an upcoming interview with NBC News anchor; Lester Holt.
Biden expressed his fears following the influx of Russian troops on Ukraine
He said “It’s not like we’re dealing with a terrorist. We’re dealing with one of the largest armies in the world.”
He also added; “We’re dealing with one of the largest armies in the world. It’s a very different situation and things could go crazy quickly.”
Furthermore, In his interview with NBC, President Biden said that there’s not a a situation that could prompt him to send US troops to rescue Americans if they fail to exit Ukraine.
In the same vein, President Biden said; “That’s a world war when America and Russia start shooting at one another.”
Biden has warned President Vladimir Putin not to harm any American should incase Putin decides to invade Ukraine.
Meanwhile, the White House has approved plan for nearly 2,000 US troops in Poland to assist American citizens who may try to evacuate Ukraine if Russia invasion becomes a reality.
Although the US forces are unauthorized to invade Ukraine itself if a war breaks out; there are plans from the 82nd Airborne Division to set up processing areas and temporary shelters inside Poland near Ukraine’s border; where Americans fleeing the country could go for help while in transit.
Further warnings have been issued by US State Department on Thursday; repeating its warning; saying that Americans should not travel to Ukraine “due to the increased threats of Russian military action” and called on those in the country to depart immediately.
American citizens in Ukraine have been warned to “be aware that the US government will not be able to evacuate US citizens in the event of Russian military action anywhere in Ukraine.”
In late January, the State Department authorized the departure of non-emergency personnel from the US Embassy in Kyiv and ordered family members to depart the country.
Biden has estimated more than 100,000 Russian troops near the Ukraine border, with thousands added just this week.
Nevertheless, talks are ongoing between President Biden with European and NATO leaders about Russia’s buildup of troops near Ukraine.
President Biden have resorted to more diplomatic avenues to defuse the crises. The US President said there are ongoing talks with leaders of France, UK, Italy, and Germany.
Biden spoke on Wednesday with French President Emmanuel Macron about Macron’s diplomatic efforts in Moscow with Putin.
Top US military General, Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Mark Milley, has been in touch with a number of his counterparts abroad on the situation this week as well.
According to a report; General Milley and Lt.Gen.Valery Zaluzhny, his Ukrainian counterpart met in Belarus on Thursday; to discuss the rising tension.
According to a report, Milley tried to “reduce chances of miscalculation” in his call with Belarus Maj. Gen. Viktor Gulevich.