The German Federal Foreign Office is working on plans to evacuate its embassy employees in Ukraine should the country’s situation worsen, Bild has reported. The US is one step ahead of Germany, with non-essential staff at its embassy begging evacuations “as early as next week”, according to a US Government source cited in CNN.
Earlier this week, intelligence service Dragonfly said Russian President Vladimir Putin could launch a “devastating missile and artillery attack” on Ukraine “at little to no notice”.
It added that an invasion does not look “imminent” at this time, but could be spring with little warning.
Fox News reporter Lucas Tomlinson tweeted today, on Saturday, that relatives of US embassy workers in Ukraine will start leaving the country from next week.
He wrote: “State Department orders families of US embassy personnel in Ukraine to begin evacuating the country as soon as Monday [according to] US officials.”
Responding to this news, Scott Anderson, a former legal adviser for the US Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq, said: “This is not a good sign.”
But he added that people ought to be cautious before drawing grand conclusions from the little information that is currently available.
Mr Anderson said: “The basic logic here is to do whatever you can to reduce the number of people you will have to evacuate if/when hostilities really start in earnest.
“If something was clearly imminent, they probably wouldn’t wait until Monday or limit themselves to family members.”