The Mexican embassy in Ukraine will support the transfer of 32 Mexican families to the south of the country, as requested, Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said.
The move will take place on February 16, after the Russian military announced the withdrawal of some of its troops conducting exercises near the border with Ukraine.
I have instructed the Embassy of Mexico in Ukraine to proceed to support the movement to the south of the country of 32 families who have requested it. It will take place tomorrow, February 16. I keep you informed.
— Marcelo Ebrard C. (@m_ebrard) February 15, 2022
The United States had warned that a Russian invasion could happen at any time and more than a dozen nations have urged their citizens to leave the country, he said. BBC News.
Britain, Australia, Canada and the Netherlands are among the nations that asked their citizens to leave as soon as possible.
Ukraine and Russia have been at odds since the Russian government annexed the Crimean peninsula in 2014. Ties worsened with the conflict in eastern Ukraine, where Russia is accused of supporting separatists, something the Kremlin denies.
Russia’s decision to concentrate some 100,000 soldiers and military equipment on that country’s borders with Ukraine at the end of 2021 set off all the alarm lights about an eventual invasion of Ukrainian territory.
According to a count made by AFPon 12 January this year, NATO and Russia noted their deep “divergences on security in Europe” at the end of a bilateral council in Brussels. Days later, Russia began deploying soldiers to Belarus.
On January 24, NATO announced that it was ready to bolster its defenses in Eastern Europe by sending troops, ships and fighter jets. Washington puts 8,500 military personnel on alert.
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On February 10, the Russian and Belarusian armies undertook major maneuvers in Belarus for ten days. Stemming from this, Joe Biden, president of the United States, urged Americans to leave Ukraine “now”
On February 11, NATO insisted on the “real risk of a new armed conflict” in Europe. Several countries urged their fellow citizens to leave Ukraine as soon as possible, AFP noted.
The United States claimed that a Russian invasion of Ukraine could occur “at any time” and decided to send an additional 3,000 troops to Poland.
On Feb. 12, Ukraine claimed that U.S. warnings about a Russian invasion stoke “panic.”
And on February 14, Sergey Lavrov, Russia’s foreign minister, proposed to Vladimir Putin to “prolong and expand” the dialogue with Westerners, estimating that “there was always an opportunity” to find a compromise.
With information from BBC News and AFP.
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