The US Embassy in Ukraine urges Americans who can flee the country immediately

Washington – US State Department on Monday Issue a security alert He warned that Russia would intensify its efforts to launch strikes against Ukrainian civilian infrastructure and government facilities in the coming days, and urged US citizens still in Ukraine to leave the country immediately.

“The U.S. Embassy urges U.S. citizens to leave Ukraine now using available ground transportation options in particular if it is safe to do so,” the warning said.

“If you hear a loud explosion or if a siren sounds, seek cover immediately,” the State Department said in its warning. “If you are in a home or building, move to the lowest level of the structure with the fewest exterior walls, windows, and openings; close any doors and sit near an interior wall away from any windows or openings.”

The State Department issued the alert after US intelligence on Monday declassified a finding outlining that Russia will increasingly target Ukrainian civilian infrastructure, according to a US official familiar with the intelligence. The official was not authorized to comment publicly on the outcome and spoke on the condition of anonymity.

A rally for the extradition of businessman Ihor Kolomoisky to the United States in Kyiv
The US Embassy in Ukraine, in the capital, Kyiv, August 10, 2022.

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The new intelligence comes in the form of Russia’s brutal invasion of Ukraine It’s approaching the six-month mark on Wednesday. It coincides with the day of Ukraine’s independence from the rule of the Soviet Union.

On Sunday, President Biden spoke with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Olaf Schulz about concerns about Bombing near the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant In the southeast of Ukraine the International Atomic Energy Agency of the United Nations was invited to visit the power plant.

However, the official said that the intelligence discovery is not specifically related to concerns about Zaporizhia.

The Biden administration is struggling to keep Western allies – and Washington – focused on keeping pressure on Russian President Vladimir Putin.

“The most important thing happening in the world right now is to beat the Russians in Ukraine,” Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell said Monday.

Speaking at a lunch in Scott County, Kentucky, McConnell said his fear is that the United States and others will “lose interest” as the war drags on.

“We need to stick with them,” McConnell said. “It is important for us and the rest of the world that they succeed.”

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