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Brits & Americans to be withdrawn from Ukraine

Vladimir Putin has around 100,000 troops and heavy armour stationed near the border after talks to avert a bloody conflict failed to reach a breakthrough.

The UK Foreign Office said today it was pulling some diplomats from its embassy in Kiev “in response to growing threat from Russia”.

Around half of staff are expected to leave with their families, reports the BBC.

The Foreign Office added: “The British Embassy remains open and will continue to carry out essential work.”

It comes after the US ordered diplomats’ families to leave Ukraine, saying an invasion could come “at any time”.

“There are reports Russia is planning significant military action against Ukraine,” an advisory from the State Department said.

Non-essential US embassy staff have also been told they can leave, and other US citizens have been urged to do the same.



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