As Russia continues its illegal invasion of neighboring Ukraine, the U.S. State Department over the weekend issued one of its most dire warnings yet to Americans who might still be in Russia.
According to the Daily Wire, the State Department warned Americans in Russia that due to the escalating situation, a number of Western airlines have decided to cut ties with Russian partners, leaving options to evacuate more limited by the day, reminding Americans that the current travel advisory status for Russia is now at “Level 4: Do Not Travel.”
“An increasing number of airlines are cancelling flights into and out of Russia, and numerous countries have closed their airspace to Russian airlines,” the State Department memo read.
It added: “U.S. citizens should consider departing Russia immediately via commercial options still available. The U.S. Embassy reminds U.S. citizens that the Department of State’s Travel Advisory level for Russia is at “Level 4: Do Not Travel.”
“Severely limited” help
The State Department stressed that it will soon be next to impossible to assist with evacuation efforts for Americans stranded in Russia who seek to leave, urging them to use any resource available to get out while they still can.
Throughout the past week, a growing list of European Union nations began cutting ties with Russia as far as commercial flights were concerned, which limits the options of Americans wanting to leave Russia even further.
As far as getting a ride out of the communist country on a Russian flight, that option has all but ended.
“First, we are shutting down the EU airspace for Russians. We are proposing a prohibition on all Russian-owned, Russian registered or Russian-controlled aircraft,” a statement from Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, read.
The statement added: “These aircraft will no more be able to land in, take off or overfly the territory of the EU. This will apply to any plane owned, chartered or otherwise controlled by a Russian legal or natural person.”
Though Vladimir Putin was reportedly “frustrated” with the lack of progress made by his military, the New York Post reported Monday that a massive convoy of Russian armored vehicles and troop transports was headed directly to the capital city of Kyiv, with the convoy stretching some 40 miles long.
Even with the Russian convoy en route, Ukrainian troops and civilians continued to hold off the Russian military in a number of Ukrainian cities, proving to be a much more formidable opponent than what Putin presumably believed.
“Daylight rises again over Ukraine. Kyiv still stands,” said President Volodymyr Zelensky on Tuesday morning. “The Warriors continue to stand for their country and freedom. Glory to Ukraine.”