U.S. national security advisor Jake Sullivan gave a stern warning to Americans living in Ukraine after revealing Washington believes Vladimir Putin will invade Ukraine: get out now because the U.S. will not be coming back to rescue anyone.
*We encourage all American citizens who remain in Ukraine to depart immediately.
“We want to be crystal clear on this point. Any American in Ukraine should leave as soon as possible and in any event in the next 24 to 48 hours.’
“The risk is now high enough and the threat is now immediate enough that this is what prudence demands. If you stay you are assuming risk, with no guarantee that there will be any other opportunity to leave and there is no prospect of a U.S. military evacuation in the event of a Russian invasion.
Meanwhile the U.S. is surging 3,000 additional troops to Poland to back up NATO forces, according to reporters.
“We continue to see signs of Russian escalation, including new forces arriving at the Ukrainian border,” Sullivan told reporters.
They are in addition to the 8,500 troops already on alert to be ready to deploy to Europe if needed and the nearly 3,000 American troops the administration said earlier this month it would deploy to Poland and Romania.
Sullivan did not mince words for those who choose to remain:
“The president will not be putting the lives of our men and women in uniform at risk by sending them into a war zone to rescue people who could have left now but chose not to.”