Several nations around the world have joined the United States to urge their citizens to leave Ukraine.
Fearing an invasion by the Russian military, Japan, Latvia, Norway, Netherlands, Australia and New Zealand and even Russia itself have all issued official statements addressed to nationals still in the shores of Ukraine.
According to U.S National Security adviser – Jake Sullivan, an attack will most likely begin with missile attacks and aerial bombing; which would kill thousands of innocent people caught in the crossfire.
The American embassy have also stated that there will be an evacuation of its personnels from Kyiv; after a news agency claimed that Washington had found intelligence showing the target date to be Wednesday.
This negates the believe of experts who had assumed an attack was less probable till the end of the ongoing Winter Olympics in China.
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson also held a virtual meeting on Friday evening with leaders of U.S, Italy, Poland, Romania, France, Germany, NATO and the EU.
Statements from a spokesperson showed that the session was aimed at garnering economic and defensive support for Ukraine, through a collective effort.
“The prime minister told the group that he feared for the security of Europe in the current circumstances,” a Downing Street spokesperson said.
“He [PM Boris Johnson] impressed the need for NATO allies to make it absolutely clear that there will be a heavy package of economic sanctions ready to go, should Russia make the devastating and destructive decision to invade Ukraine.
“The prime minister added that President [Vladimir] Putin had to understand that there would be severe penalties that would be extremely damaging to Russia’s economy, and that allies needed to continue with efforts to reinforce and support the Eastern frontiers of NATO.
“He urged the leaders to work together to deliver economic and defensive support to Ukraine,” he stated.
With Russia currently creating a stronghold in Belarus, a huge number of departures from Ukraine will be recorded in the coming days.
Later today, Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin will also discuss via phone on a way forward from the crisis. This was confirmed by the White House yesterday.
Nonetheless, the U.S will deploy an additional 3000 troops to Poland soonest.