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Newsline: Looming Ukraine embassy exit carries Afghanistan parallels

The U.S. Embassy in Ukraine’s issued an announcement advising American citizens to consider departing Ukraine. Leading experts in global affairs warned against a disastrous pullout along the likes of the Afghanistan withdrawal last year. The embassy stated on its website Wednesday the security situation “continues to be unpredictable… and can deteriorate with little notice,” urging citizens “to consider departing now using commercial or other privately available transportation options.” It came after White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said Monday that Americans in the country “should leave now,” without citing any official ordered evacuation plan in the works at the White House. David Kramer, former Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, told Fox News the State Department’s move is prudent, following the debacle in Afghanistan. (https://www.foxnews.com/politics/ukraine-embassy-exist-afghanistan-evacuation-experts) The State Department ordered families of U.S. Embassy personnel to begin evacuating the country early this week. The UK, Canada, and Australia all followed with similar steps to draw down the embassy.

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