The situation in Ukraine had become so threatening that Minister Hoekstra called on the Netherlands to leave Ukraine as soon as possible.
In a press release, the Foreign Minister reported: “The security situation is already worrying, and has worsened in recent days. In consultation with various allies, I am now taking this step and calling on all Dutch people to leave Ukraine.”
Only a few Dutch embassy occupations remained. Red travel advice applies to the entire country. Germany and Belgium came up with the same advice today. The US, UK and Denmark, among others, have asked their citizens to leave Ukraine.
The United States began evacuating employees from the US embassy in Kiev on Saturday. The US State Department has announced that due to rising tensions in Ukraine, all non-essential employees will be leaving the country. Starting Sunday, consular services in the Ukrainian capital will be suspended.
In Lviv, in western Ukraine, the embassy has a small core emergency team.
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