US embassy warns Americans to leave Ukraine immediately after Russia pounded cities with rockets – Daily Mail

By Matt Powell For Mailonline


The US Embassy in Kyiv is urging Americans to leave Ukraine immediately after Russia increased its missile strikes on cities in retaliation for the Crimea bridge blast.
Russia launched attacks against Ukraine’s civilian infrastructure as well as government facilities in Kyiv and elsewhere today, the embassy warned.
More than 75 missiles and suicide drones struck across Ukraine as Vladimir Putin took revenge for Kerch Bridge, killing eight people and injuring 24. 
Capital Kyiv was hit for the first time in months along with cities of Khmelnytsky, Lviv, Dnipro, Vinnytsia, Frankiv, Zaporizhzhia, Sumy, Kharkiv, Zhytomyr, Kirovohrad and Ternopil.
In fear of escalating civilian attacks the US embassy is now warning all Americans to find shelter and then arrange to leave the country via ground transportation as soon as they can.
The US Embassy has warned Americans in Ukraine to find shelter and then leave after Russia increased its attacks on cities and civilian areas. Pictured: A residential building heavily damaged by a Russian missile strike
The security alert said the situation in Ukraine is ‘highly volatile’ and may deteriorate without warning. Pictured: Rescue workers survey the scene of a Russian attack on Kyiv, with the Ukrainian capital targeted for the first time in months

The US Embassy in Kyiv issued the warning as Russia’s strikes pose a ‘direct threat to civilians and civilian infrastructure’
Kyiv: Firefighters extinguish a burning vehicle as a dead body lies on the street (bottom right) following Russian missile strikes
The US Embassy in Kiev said: ‘Russia’s continued strikes in Ukraine pose a direct threat to civilians and civilian infrastructure.
‘The U.S. Embassy urges US citizens to shelter in place and depart Ukraine now using privately available ground transportation options when it is safe to do so.’
The security alert also said the situation in Ukraine is ‘highly volatile’ and may deteriorate without warning.
Videos and pictures from the Ukrainian capital today showed burning cars and bodies in the streets as officials said the rockets had hit near to a children’s play area in a park, and a pedestrian bridge.
Russia has not given an immediate justification for the strikes, but it is likely intended as a display of might following weeks of battleground losses.
The livid Russian president, who is leading a Security Council meeting today, said the blast at the Kerch bridge (pictured) was designed to destroy ‘critically important civilian infrastructure
The US Embassy provided additional safety information for civilians in Ukraine who may be at risk of Russian missile attacks.
It said: ‘If you hear a loud explosion or if sirens are activated, immediately seek cover.
‘If in a home or a building, go to the lowest level of the structure with the fewest exterior walls, windows, and openings; close any doors and sit near an interior wall, away from any windows or openings.
‘If you are outdoors, immediately seek cover in a hardened structure; if that is not possible, lie down and cover your head with your hands.
‘Be aware that even if the incoming missile or drone is intercepted, falling debris represents a significant risk.
‘After the attack, stay away from any debris, and monitor major news outlets for official guidance.’
President Biden recently described the ongoing situation as the highest nuclear risk since 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis.
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