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State Department Urges U.S. Citizens to Leave Belarus Amid Russian Military Buildup Along Border

The advisory comes on the same day that the U.S. announced it was closing its embassy in Kyiv and moving operations more than 300 miles to the west to the city of Lviv.
© Russian Defense Ministry Press Service via AP
© Russian Defense Ministry Press Service via AP

The State Department on Monday warned Americans against traveling to Belarus due to the ongoing buildup of Russian military along the Eastern European country's border with Ukraine as U.S. officials continue to warn that a Russian invasion of Ukraine could occur as soon as this week.

"Due to an increase in unusual and concerning Russian military activity near the border with Ukraine, U.S. citizens located in or considering travel to Belarus should be aware that the situation is unpredictable and there is heightened tension in the region," the State Department said in the advisory.

"Potential harassment targeted specifically at foreigners is also possible. Given the heightened volatility of the situation, U.S. citizens are strongly advised against traveling to Belarus," the department added.

The advisory warned that the U.S. government may be limited in its ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in Belarus due to already being "severely limited due to Belarusian government limitations on U.S. Embassy staffing."

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