The Pentagon, after an order from Biden, has officially called all U.S. military personnel out of Ukraine due to the possibility that Russian President Vladimir Putin could be possibly just a few days away from issuing the order to start the invasion of Ukraine, a former soviet state.
Officially, the Pentagon issued orders for a group of over 160 members of the Florida National Guard to leave Ukraine and take up new stations in Europe. These guardsmen had originally been situated in Ukraine in order to advise and train the Ukrainian military as a piece of Joint Multinational Training Group-Ukraine, explained John Kirby, the Pentagon Press Secretary, as reported by Fox News.
“They are departing Ukraine and will reposition elsewhere in Europe,” stated Kirby. “The Secretary made this decision out of an abundance of caution – with the safety and security of our personnel foremost in mind – and informed by the State Department’s guidance on U.S. personnel in Ukraine.”
Kirby went on to state that this decision will “provide flexibility in assuring allies and deterring aggression,” but does not alter the commitment of the United States to aid and support Ukraine.
Officials with the administration of Old Uncle Joe ordered that the U.S. embassy located in Kyiv have all of its personnel evacuated on Saturday. The State Department also put forth a stern level 4 travel advisory for Ukraine and the surrounding area.
“Do not travel to Ukraine due to the increased threats of Russian military action and COVID-19; those in Ukraine should depart immediately via commercial or private means,” stated the advisory. “If remaining in Ukraine, exercise increased caution due to crime, civil unrest, and potential combat operations should Russia take military action.”
Old Uncle Joe and Putin took time to talk with each other for roughly an hour this past Saturday as well. As part of the call, Biden issued a warning to Putin of “swift and severe costs on Russia” if he does order the invasion of Ukraine. Officials from the White House refuse to put any sort of military intervention on the table, instead, calling for extreme sanctions and various other diplomatic and economic avenues of attack.
jake Sullivan, the White House National Security Advisor, stated this past Friday that the United States will continue to work alongside its allies in Europe and the rest of the world to place “severe economic sanctions” on Russia in the event of an invasion.
“We don’t know exactly what is going to happen, but the risk is now high enough, the threat is now immediate enough that this is what prudence demands. If you stay, you are assuming risk with no guarantee that there will be any other opportunity to leave and no prospect of a U.S. military evacuation in the event of a Russian invasion,” claimed Sullivan.
“The risk is now high enough and the threat is immediate enough that prudence demands that it is the time to leave now while commercial options and commercial rail and air service exists, while the roads are open. The president will not be putting the lives of our men and women in uniform at risk by sending them into a war zone to rescue people who could have left now but chose not to,” he concluded.