Ukraine’s government asked citizens to remain calm, amid fears a Russian invasion is imminent.
in a statements Saturday, Ukraine’s foreign ministry said that armed forces are ready to repel any attack.
“It is now critical to remain calm and united within the country, and avoid actions that undermine stability and sow panic,” the statement said.
On Friday, the US urged its citizens to leave the country within 24 to 48 hours, because it said a Russian ground invasion could be imminent. Citizens from other countries, including the UK, Latvia, Denmark and Japan, received similar directions.
Meanwhile, leaders are ramping up talks with Russian counterparts: US President Joe Biden is expected to speak to Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday, and US State Secretary Antony Blinken has said he’ll also talk to Russia’s Foreign Affairs Minister Sergei Lavrov. French President Emmanuel Macron has also announced he’s planning further talks with Putin.