Australians urge to leave Ukraine immediately as threat of Russian invasion of Ukraine looms
Australians ordered to leave Ukraine NOW with looming war with Russia – as 100,000 troops gather at border
- Australians in Ukraine urge immediate departure as threat from Russia mounts
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has increased advice to ‘Do not travel’
- Russia has gathered 100,000 troops at the border, but denies planning to invade
Australians in Ukraine are urged to leave immediately as the threat of Russian military action against the country mounts.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade issued the advice on ‘Do Not Travel’ on Monday evening.
“Australians in Ukraine should now depart by commercial means where it is safe to do so and note that flight availability may change or be suspended at short notice,” the statement said.
Australians in Ukraine are urged to leave immediately as threat of Russian military action against the country mounts (pictured, a convoy of Russian vehicles on Jan. 18)
“Australians who decide to remain in Ukraine should review their personal security plans, be prepared to take shelter if necessary, maintain heightened security awareness and register with DFAT.”
Tensions in Ukraine have been mounting for months after the Kremlin has gathered about 100,000 troops near Ukraine’s borders, a buildup that the West says is preparing for war to prevent Ukraine from joining NATO.
The Kremlin has repeatedly denied planning to invade.
DFAT’s advice comes as relatives of Australian diplomats prepare to leave Kiev. It follows similar steps of the United States and the United Kingdom.
Australian security officials are also negotiating ways to help Ukraine defend itself against cyber-attacks, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.
Foreign Secretary Marise Payne has asked Australia’s ambassador for critical technology, Tobias Feakin, to lead talks on how best to deter attacks on the critical systems, the Herald says.