Ukraine has slammed Democrat President Joe Biden’s evacuation from the country as “utterly ridiculous.”
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky mocked the move, remarking that “Americans are safer in Kyiv than they are in Los Angeles.”
Biden is now facing heavy criticism over his panicky response to a possible invasion.
The State Department told the families of U.S. diplomats in Ukraine and U.S. citizens in the country to leave over the threat of imminent invasion by Russia.
A source close to Zelensky told BuzzFeed News on Monday that Zelensky “does not think there’s any remotely imminent threat to Kyiv.”
The source said:
“The fact that the US was the first one to announce this is extremely disappointing and quite frankly these Americans are safer in Kyiv than they are in Los Angeles or any other crime-ridden city in the US.
“On the one hand, Washington tells Ukraine how we should democratize. We stand with you. It’s your right to determine to join the West.
“We will stand with you against Russian aggression. Then Russia turns up the temperature and they’re the first to leave.”
The source added Zelensky views Biden’s response as “utterly ridiculous” and a sign of “U.S. inconsistency.”
‘AMERICANS SAFER IN KYIV THAN L.A.’: Ukraine Pres. Blasts Biden, ‘Extremely Disappointed’ in His Response https://t.co/GiR55qtvXU
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The State Department said in a statement:
“The security conditions, particularly along Ukraine’s borders, in Russia-occupied Crimea, and in Russia-controlled eastern Ukraine, are unpredictable and can deteriorate with little notice. Demonstrations, which have turned violent at times, regularly occur throughout Ukraine, including in Kyiv.
“Do not travel to Ukraine due to the increased threats of Russian military action and COVID-19.
“Exercise increased caution in Ukraine due to crime and civil unrest. Some areas have increased risk.”
Ukrainian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Oleh Nikolenko said:
“While we respect right of foreign nations to ensure safety & security of their diplomatic missions, we believe such a step to be a premature one & an instance of excessive caution.
“There is a lot of misinformation, manipulation, and fakes in the Ukrainian and international media to spread panic among Ukrainians and foreigners, scare business, undermine the economic and financial stability of our country.
“It is important to soberly assess risks and remain calm,” he said.
— Daily Wire (@realDailyWire) January 24, 2022