Chinese Embassy in Ukraine Issues Warning to Citizens

China has issued a heightened security alert to its citizens in Ukraine, warning them to stock up on food and daily necessities after Russia announced it was sending troops to the Eastern European country’s breakaway regions.

“The embassy would remind Chinese citizens and companies in Ukraine to be aware of the local safety warnings and not to head to the unstable regions,” the embassy said. “There is a need to be more alert of safety risks and to stock up food, water, and daily necessities when needed.”

The embassy also said that Chinese citizens in Ukraine should stay connected to local Chinese associations, student unions, and chambers of commerce in case they need help.

Earlier this month, countries including the United States, Britain, Germany, Australia, Japan, and South Korea told their nationals to leave Ukraine on concerns of an impending invasion by Russia.

“At present, the situation in eastern Ukraine has undergone major changes,” the Chinese embassy said in a statement on its website.

The latest security warning followed Russian President Vladimir Putin’s announcement on Monday that Russia recognizes Ukraine’s eastern Donetsk and Luhansk as independent entities.

Putin said he would send troops and weapons to the regions, which were subject to a long-running conflict between Ukrainian forces and Moscow-backed separatists.

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