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Newsline: U.S. moving Ukraine embassy from Kyiv to Lviv

The United States is relocating its Ukraine embassy operations from the capital Kyiv to the western city of Lviv, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Monday, citing a “dramatic acceleration in the buildup of Russian forces.” Blinken said in a statement that the decision to move the embassy operations to Lviv – roughly 50 miles (80 km) from Ukraine’s western border with Poland – was taken out of concern for the safety of the staff. (https://news.yahoo.com/u-moving-remaining-ukraine-embassy-191201474.html) Most embassy staff have already been ordered to depart Ukraine and U.S. citizens have been advised to leave the country by commercial means. Blinken said that relocating the embassy operations “in no way” undermined U.S. support for Ukraine’s “sovereignty and territorial integrity,” and that U.S. diplomats would “remain engaged” with the Ukrainian government.

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