UK Tells British Nationals in Ukraine Not to Expect Military Evacuation

LONDON (Reuters) – British nationals who select to remain in Ukraine mustn’t count on a navy evacuation if battle with Russia breaks out, junior defence minister James Heappey informed Sky Information on Saturday.

“British nationals ought to depart Ukraine instantly by any means potential and they need to not count on, as they noticed in the summertime with Afghanistan, that there can be any chance of a navy evacuation,” he mentioned.

On Friday the UK authorities suggested British nationals to depart Ukraine now whereas business means have been nonetheless accessible and suggested towards all additional journey to the nation.

Heappey mentioned no choice had but been made on Britain’s diplomatic presence in Ukraine.

British Defence Secretary Ben Wallace mentioned on Friday British troops despatched to Ukraine for coaching functions would return quickly.

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“There will probably be no British troops in Ukraine if there’s any battle with Russia,” mentioned Heappey.

U.S. President Joe Biden and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin have been set to talk on Saturday as Western nations warned {that a} battle in Ukraine may ignite at any second.

(Reporting by James Davey; Modifying by Kirsten Donovan and Frances Kerry)

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