The US Embassy in Minsk, Belarus, has urged American citizens in Belarus to leave the country immediately.
What’s going on? Why are they suddenly calling for urgent evacuations?
This is from the Embassy in Minsk:
Event: The Lithuanian government on August 18 closed two border crossings with Belarus at Tverecius / Vidzy and Sumskas / Losha. The four border crossings at Lavoriskes / Kotlova, Medininkai / Kamenny, Raigardas / Privalka, and Salcininkai / Beniakoni are currently open.
The Polish, Lithuanian, and Latvian governments have stated that further closures of border crossings with Belarus are possible.
Actions to take:
- Do not travel to Belarus due to Belarusian authorities’ continued facilitation of Russia’s unprovoked attack on Ukraine, the buildup of Russian military forces in Belarus, the arbitrary enforcement of local laws, the potential of civil unrest, the risk of detention, and the Embassy’s limited ability to assist U.S. citizens residing in or traveling to Belarus.
- U.S. citizens in Belarus should depart immediately. Consider departing via the remaining border crossings with Lithuania and Latvia, or by plane. U.S. citizens are not permitted to enter Poland overland from Belarus.
Do not travel to Russia or to Ukraine.
The elites are poised to intensify their engagement in the conflict in Ukraine.
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