US Withdraws Troops From Ukraine as Russia Crisis Escalates

The Pentagon moved on Saturday to pull 160 U.S. military trainers out of Ukraine, just the latest indication that the U.S. fears a Russian invasion of the independent former Soviet Bloc

The contingent of U.S. soldiers had been in Ukraine since November to advise and support Ukrainian military forces as tensions continued to mount with Russia.

Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said on Saturday that Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin ordered the “temporary repositioning” of those training personnel “out of an abundance of caution

That news came just after the U.S. embassy in Kyiv, the Ukrainian capital, announced that most of its staff would depart the country, leaving behind a “core embassy team

Washington has continued to urge Americans in Ukraine to leave, warning that it could be highly difficult to get them out should Russia invade.

“It appears increasingly likely this situation is heading toward active conflict,” 

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