The Canadian authorities announced a decision to temporarily remove from Ukraine those embassy employees who perform auxiliary functions. In a Canadian government statement celebratedthat Kiev will leave for a while and “the remaining members of the families of diplomats who remained there.” The Canadian Embassy in Kiev remains open, the statement said.
“The safety of Canadians remains our top priority. Our officials are ready to provide consular assistance to Canadian citizens,” the Canadian authorities stressed.
On January 25, Ottawa decided to evacuate family members of the Canadian embassy in Ukraine. The Canadian Foreign Ministry noted that, together with the staff of the embassy in Kiev, they will continue to carefully monitor the development of the situation.
At the same time, Canada decided to send to the Kiev embassy experts on security, conflict resolution, democratic reforms and the work of consular services.
Earlier in January, similar measures to evacuate diplomats and their families (or readiness to take such measures) were announced by the authorities of the United States, Germany, Great Britain, Japan, and Australia. This is due to the risk of the start of large-scale hostilities in the east of Ukraine.
Media and military experts have reported that Russia has been actively deploying military equipment to the Ukrainian border in recent months. This may be preparation for invasion. Up to 175 thousand soldiers can take part in it. Most of them have already arrived at the borders with Ukraine. Reuters sources told January 28, that blood supplies and medical supplies were also transferred to the Ukrainian border. The media called it “the last preparations for the invasion.”
On the evening of January 27, a telephone conversation took place between the presidents of the United States and Ukraine. By data A CNN source, Joe Biden warned Vladimir Zelensky that a Russian invasion is now almost inevitable, the troops are just waiting for the soil to freeze and heavy military equipment to move across the border.
In the second half of January, hundreds of tons of military cargo were delivered to Ukraine from the United States, including about 300 Javelin anti-tank systems.