Biden Tells Americans in Ukraine to Leave Immediately

US President Joe Biden has called on all American citizens who are still in Ukraine to leave the country immediately, citing increased threats of Russian military action.

“American citizens should leave now,” Biden said in an interview with NBC News.

“It’s not like we’re dealing with a terrorist organization. We’re dealing with one of the largest armies in the world. It’s a very different situation, and things could go crazy quickly,” Biden added.

On Thursday, the State Department issued an advisory warning that the U.S. “will not be able to evacuate U.S. citizens in the event of Russian military action anywhere in Ukraine.”

The department also warned that regular consulate service — including aiding citizens trying to leave the country — would be “severely impacted.”

Earlier, the US military and intelligence assessed that the Russian military could launch a full-scale invasion, with tanks that potentially could reach Kyiv, the capital, within 48 hours.

Biden argued that if Russian President Vladimir Putin is “foolish enough to go in, he’s smart enough not to, in fact, do anything that would negatively impact on American citizens.”

Asked whether there was a scenario that could prompt him to send troops to rescue fleeing Americans, Biden replied: “There’s not. That’s a world war when Americans and Russia start shooting at one another.”

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