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Russia begins evacuating diplomatic staff from Ukraine

Moscow's foreign ministry announced on Tuesday it would evacuate diplomats from the country soon.

February 23, 2022 / 07:07 PM IST
Representative image: Ukraine-Russia crisis

Representative image: Ukraine-Russia crisis

Russia began evacuating diplomatic staff from Ukraine, its embassy in Kyiv told AFP, a day after lawmakers in Moscow granted President Vladimir Putin permission to use force abroad.

Asked if the evacuation had begun, the embassy's spokesman Denis Golenko told AFP by phone: "Yes."

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Moscow's foreign ministry announced Tuesday it would evacuate diplomats from the country soon, saying this was in order to "protect their lives".