- US has said that Russia could invade Ukraine as it has assembled heavy troops near border
- However, Russia has denied the accusation, saying that it has right to mobilise troops within border
- US has warned Russia of 'severe consequences' in case its forces invade Ukraine
Russia-Ukraine News: India has asked its nationals and students staying in Ukraine to consider leaving the country temporarily in view of escalating tensions between the European country and Russia.
"In view of the uncertainties of the current situation in Ukraine, Indian nationals in Ukraine, particularly students whose stay is not essential, may consider leaving temporarily. Indian nationals are also advised to avoid all non-essential travel to and within Ukraine," the Embassy of India, Kyiv, said in an advisory for Indian nationals in Ukraine.
"Indian nationals are requested to keep the Embassy informed about the status of their presence in Ukraine to enable the Embassy to reach them where required. The Embassy continues to function normally to provide all services to Indian nationals in Ukraine," it added.
Meanwhile, the United States is relocating its Ukraine embassy operations from the capital Kyiv to the western city of Lviv, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Monday, citing a "dramatic acceleration in the buildup of Russian forces."
Since November, Ukraine and some Western countries have accused Russia of assembling heavy troops near the Ukrainian border with a possible intention of "invasion".
Russia denied the accusation, saying that it has the right to mobilise troops within its borders to defend its territory as the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation's (NATO) activities constitute a threat to Russia's border security.
The Biden Administration has repeatedly warned Russia of “severe consequences” in case its forces invade Ukraine and has insisted on a diplomatic solution to the issue.