UK withdrawing some embassy staff from Kyiv

The UK has begun to withdraw staff from the British embassy in Ukraine amid warnings of a Russian invasion.

Officials say there have been no specific threats to British diplomats, but about half of the staff working in Kyiv will return to the UK.

The US is taking similar action, saying a Russian invasion could come “at any time”, but EU staff will stay in place.

Russia has denied plans for military action, but tens of thousands of troops have amassed on the border.

The moves seem to be precautionary, and nothing specific is thought to have occurred in the past 24 hours to have triggered the decisions of the US and UK.

The US state department also warned people not to travel to Ukraine and Russia due to the ongoing tension and “potential for harassment against US citizens”.

“There are reports Russia is planning significant military action against Ukraine,” said an advisory.

Non-essential US embassy staff have also been told they can leave, and the US citizens have been urged to do the same.

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