Canada announced today that it is temporarily withdrawing the families of its diplomats from Ukraine due to the accumulation of Russian troops along the border with this Eastern European country.
The US State Department confirmed on Sunday that members of the diplomats’ families had been ordered to leave Ukraine, explaining that Russian military action could take place at any time.
“Due to the ongoing escalation of Russia’s military presence along the border with Ukraine and Moscow’s destabilizing activities in and around Ukraine, we have decided to temporarily withdraw the children of Canadian Embassy staff under the age of 18 and their accompanying family members,” the Canadian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, without further details.
Canada, which has taken a hard line against Moscow since Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014, said last week it would offer Ukraine a loan of up to C $ 120 million ($ 95 million).
Meanwhile, the Swedish Foreign Ministry said that due to the security situation, it is advisable to ban all unnecessary travel to Ukraine, as well as to the Crimean peninsula, the Donetsk and Luhansk regions.