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Jhe United States has urged its citizens to leave Belarus immediately, citing a buildup of Russian troops along the border with neighboring Ukraine.

The travel advisory, issued on Monday, came the same day Washington announced it was closing its embassy in Kyiv and moving staff to the Ukrainian city of Lviv, 535 km away, due to a “dramatic acceleration”. reinforcement of Russian forces.

Last week, Washington warned that Russia could attack “any day.”

“Due to an increase in unusual and concerning Russian military activity near the border with Ukraine, U.S. citizens located or planning to visit Belarus should be aware that the situation is unpredictable and there is tension increased in the region,” the notice said.

He also noted that last month the State Department ordered all family members from the Minsk embassy to leave.

In addition to fears of a possible military conflict on the border, Washington’s “do not travel” advisory for Belarus flagged the risk of detention, arbitrary law enforcement and Covid-19 entry restrictions as reasons for Americans to go out.

“The U.S. government’s ability to provide routine or emergency services to U.S. citizens in Belarus is already severely limited due to Belarusian government limitations on U.S. Embassy personnel,” he said.

James R. Rhodes