State Department advises U.S. citizens to leave Ukraine now, says Russia is 'stepping up efforts' against civilians

Russia is “stepping up efforts” to strike civilian infrastructure “in the coming days,” the State Department said in an alert late Monday, marking the first time the U.S. has specifically warned that civilian and government buildings could be targeted.

The U.S. Embassy advised U.S. citizens to leave Ukraine on ground transportation now, “if it is safe to do so.”

A Russian missile attack killed 19 people in Kharkiv this week, according to a video statement from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. Russia has fired 3,500 cruise missiles at Ukraine, Zelenskyy said.

“It’s simply impossible to count Russian artillery strikes,” he said.

The State Department has warned traveling American citizens that the war in Ukraine is volatile and could “deteriorate without warning.”

Russia, under President Vladimir Putin, invaded Ukraine in late February, sparking six months of violence in the country.

Christopher Miller contributed to this report. 


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