The State Department urges U.S. citizens to leave these regions immediately due to Russia’s military buildup.
The United States recommends that Americans urgently leave Belarus and the unrecognized Transdniestria because of the situation around Ukraine. This is said in the statements distributed by the State Department on Monday.
One of them notes, “Do not travel to Belarus due to the arbitrary enforcement of laws, the risk of detention, unusual and concerning Russian military buildup along Belarus’ border with Ukraine, as well as because of COVID-19 and related entry restrictions. U.S. citizens in Belarus should depart immediately via commercial or private means.”
The paper also clarifies that “on January 31, 2022, the Department of State ordered the departure of family members of U.S. government employees from Embassy in Minsk.”
According to the U.S. foreign office, “U.S. citizens located in or considering travel to Belarus should be aware that the situation is unpredictable and there is heightened tension in the region.”
Another advisory warned, “Do not travel to Moldova due to COVID-19, the unusual and concerning Russian military activity around Ukraine, and the unresolved conflict between the breakaway region of Transdniestria and the central government”. It additionally notes that “U.S. citizens in Transnistria should depart immediately.”
Earlier, the media reported that the United States ordered its OSCE staff to depart from Donbass. A temporary relocation of the U.S. Embassy to Lviv was also reported.