Ukraine crisis: Brits ordered to leave now as whole country put on red danger list

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A Ukrainian frontier stays on guard along the border with Russia

Brits in Ukraine have been ordered to leave immediately as the whole country has been put on the red danger list.

The UK Foreign Office said in a statement on Friday evening the “safety and security” of its overseas nationals is a top priority, adding it had updated its travel advice accordingly.

The eastern European country has appeared to be on the brink of an invasion from Russia for weeks.

More than 100,000 troops from the Kremlin have been moved to the border, though President Vladimir Putin has denied he plans to take the country.

An FCDO spokesperson said: “The safety and security of British nationals is our top priority, which is why we have updated our travel advice.

“We urge British nationals in Ukraine to leave now via commercial means while they remain available.”

It comes after Prime Minister Boris Johnson told allies earlier in the day that he feared for the security of Europe due to the ongoing situation, his office said.

He held a virtual meeting with the leaders of the United States, Italy, Poland, Romania, France, Germany, the European Council, the European Commission and NATO to discuss the situation.

“He impressed the need for NATO Allies to make it absolutely clear that there will be a heavy package of economic sanctions ready to go, Russia should make the devastating and destructive decision to invade Ukraine,” his office said.

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