State Department spokesman Ned Price said the decision to move the embassy from Kiev to Lviv was based on the circumstances the US is seeing with its own eyes on the ground. He said that its purpose is only to protect American citizens and their co-workers. Giving details of the embassy relocation, Blinken said, “We are moving our embassy temporarily, from Kiev to Lviv, due to the rapid build-up of Russian forces on the Ukrainian border.” The Embassy will remain in contact with the Government of Ukraine and diplomatic activities will continue in Ukraine.
US embassy will not close
“Our commitment and support to Ukraine will not be undermined by this precautionary measure,” he said. Our commitment to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine remains unbroken. Lviv is located near the western border of Ukraine, which joins Poland. The US Consulate in Lviv already exists. A State Department official last week dismissed speculation that the US embassies in Lviv and Kiev were on the verge of closure.
Biden warns Putin
US President Joe Biden spoke to Russian President Vladimir Putin on the phone on Saturday. Biden once again asked Putin to clear a gathering of more than a million soldiers on the Ukrainian border. At the same time, Biden warned Russia that if it invades Ukraine, the US and its allies will “resolutely respond and will pay a heavy price.”
62 minutes of conversation between the two leaders
According to information from the White House, the office of the US President, Biden told Putin, “The result of the attack will be “widespread human suffering” and the image of Russia will be tarnished”. Biden also told Putin that the US would continue diplomacy on Ukraine but was “equally prepared for other scenarios”. Amidst the Ukraine crisis, there was a 62-minute phone conversation between Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Joe Biden.
Ukraine appeals to the people to maintain restraint
The US has already warned Ukraine about Russia’s attack. But the President of Ukraine said that he has not yet found satisfactory evidence in this regard. A day earlier, the US warned about an increase in the number of Russian troops near the Ukrainian border. It is being said that more than 1.30 lakh Russian soldiers have been deployed on the border of Ukraine. In his statement, Ukraine’s leader called on his people to exercise restraint despite a three-sided encirclement by Russian troops, which Russia called it a military exercise. A Pentagon spokesman says the US still cannot believe Vladimir Putin has decided to strike Ukraine. He may do so without warning.