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Newsline: Russia thins out its embassy in Ukraine

The week before intensive diplomatic meetings began over the buildup of Russian troops on the Ukrainian border, US and Ukrainian officials watched from afar as Russia began emptying out its embassy in Kyiv, the Ukrainian capital. On Jan. 5, 18 people — mostly the children and wives of Russian diplomats — boarded buses and embarked on a 15-hour drive home to Moscow, according to a senior Ukrainian security official. About 30 more followed in the next few days, from Kyiv and a consulate in Lviv, in western Ukraine. (https://www.bostonglobe.com/2022/01/17/world/russia-thins-out-its-embassy-ukraine-possible-clue-putins-next-move/) Diplomats at two other Russian consulates have been told to prepare to leave Ukraine, the security official said, speaking on the condition of anonymity to discuss national security matters.

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