The US And Its Allies Have New Intelligence Suggesting Russia Could Launch An Attack On Ukraine Even Before The End Of The Olympics, Sources Say

The US And Its Allies Have New Intelligence Suggesting Russia Could Launch An Attack On Ukraine Even Before The End Of The Olympics, Sources Say

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10 min agoSeveral Mideast countries tell citizens to depart UkraineFrom CNN’s Jennifer Hauser, Ruba Alhenawi and Jomana Karadsheh

Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, the United Arab Emirates and Israel joined the growing list of countries urging their citizens on Saturday to leave Ukraine.

Kuwait’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs called on Kuwaiti nationals currently present in Ukraine to leave instantly for the “sake of their safety,” according to state news agency KUNA. The country also urged Kuwaitis to delay any travel plans to Ukraine.

The Embassy of Saudi Arabia in Ukraine urged its nationals to contact the embassy immediately to facilitate their evacuation, according to a tweet from its official account. 

Jordan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs also issued a statement on Saturday urging Jordanians against travel to Ukraine. The statement said that Jordanian nationals in Ukraine should prepare to evacuate.  

In a tweet on Saturday, the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates in Ukraine said: “The Embassy of the State in Kiev calls on the citizens of the country to postpone travel to Ukraine at the present time.” It also called on nationals currently in Ukraine to contact the embassy.  

The Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs tweeted Saturday, also calling on its citizens to leave. A statement from the ministry read: “As a result of the deterioration of the situation regarding Ukraine, the Foreign Ministry recommends Israeli citizens in Ukraine reconsider their stay in the country, and in any event, avoid approaching focal points of tensions. The Foreign Ministry recommends Israeli citizens planning on traveling to Ukraine to consider avoiding doing so at this time … The Foreign Ministry has decided to evacuate from the country the family members of diplomats and Israeli workers at the Embassy.”

19 min agoUS State Department reissues advisory telling travelers to “not travel to Ukraine”From CNN’s Adrienne Winston

The US State Department is reissuing its Level 4 travel advisory for Ukraine.

The department advises travelers: “Do not travel to Ukraine due to the increased threats of Russian military action and COVID-19; those in Ukraine should depart immediately via commercial or private means.”

The statement warned those remaining in Ukraine to “exercise increase caution” due to civil unrest and potential combat operations in case Russia takes military action.

“The Embassy will maintain a small consular presence in Lviv, Ukraine to handle emergencies, but will not be able to provide passport, visa or routine consular services,” according to the statement.

1 min agoUS secretary of state urged de-escalation and diplomacy in call with Russian counterpartFrom CNN’s Kylie Atwood

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken takes part in a press conference in Melbourne, Australia, on February 11. (Kevin Lamarque/Pool/AFP/Getty Images)US Secretary of State Antony Blinken discussed “acute and shared concerns that Russia may be considering launching further military aggression against Ukraine in the coming days,” and urged a diplomatic solution during his phone call with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Saturday, State Department spokesperson Ned Price said. 

The call comes just hours before US President Joe Biden and Russia’s President Vladimir Putin are expected to speak over the phone, and as the State Department has ordered the evacuation of most of its embassy staff in Ukraine.

“The secretary made clear that a diplomatic path to resolving the crisis remained open, but it would require Moscow to deescalate and engage in good-faith discussions,” Price said.Russia has continued to build its presence along Ukraine’s borders in recent days, and Blinken “reiterated that should Moscow pursue the path of aggression and further invade Ukraine, it would result in a resolute, massive, and united transatlantic response,” Price said. 

38 min agoLithuania, Iraq join other countries in urging their nationals to leave UkraineFrom CNN’s Amy Cassidy and Ruba Alhenawi 

Lithuania on Saturday encouraged its nationals to leave Ukraine by asking them to “assess the necessity of further stay in the country” and advised against unnecessary travel there.

“In view of the e

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