Biden tells US citizens to leave Ukraine that the military will not save them , Biden made the remarks in an interview with NBC News’ Lester Holt, who asked him what kind of scenarios would prompt a U.S. rescue mission, if Russia invaded.
“There’s not [one],” Biden said. “That’s a world war — when Americans and Russians start shooting at one another, we’re in a very different world than we’ve ever been in.”
The U.S. isn’t planning a military operation to help its citizens leave Ukraine, President Biden says, and they should do so on their own. “American citizens should leave now,” Biden said as Russia amasses a military force around its neighbor.
Biden contrasted this situation with the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan, which saw the U.S. mount a dayslong effort to fly U.S. citizens and some Afghans out of the country.
“We’re dealing with one of the largest armies in the world,” Biden said. “This is a very different situation, and things could go crazy quickly.”
There’s not [one],” Biden said. “That’s a world war — when Americans and Russians start shooting at one another, we’re in a very different world than we’ve ever been in.
A military-run evacuation would be extremely complicated, Biden said, including the challenge of locating U.S. citizens in Ukraine.
Referring to Russian President Vladimir Putin, Biden added, “I’m hoping that if in fact he’s foolish enough to go in, he’s smart enough not to in fact do anything that would negatively impact on American citizens.”
“He knows that,” Biden added later. “What I’ve asked is, American citizens should leave — should leave now.”
Because of the tensions, Biden last week deployed 2,000 U.S. troops to Europe to bolster its NATO allies. He also ordered another 1,000 troops who are based in Germany to move to Romania.
If Russia defies international pressure and mounts an invasion, Belarus might be part of the plan. A recent analysis by the Center for Strategic and International Studies found that Russia’s military could attempt “to outflank Ukrainian defenses around Kiev by approaching through Belarus.”
Russian president Vladimir Putin continues to threaten an invasion of Ukraine with a major military buildup near the Russian-Ukrainian border and aggressive language. Russia has deployed offensive weapons and systems within striking distance of Ukraine, including main battle tanks, self-propelled howitzers, infantry fighting vehicles, multiple launch rocket systems, Iskander short-range ballistic missile systems, and towed artillery, as highlighted in Figures 1a and 1b. Putin has complemented this buildup with blunt language that Ukraine is historically part of Russia and that Kiev needs to return to the Russian fold.1 Russia’s threat is particularly alarming for at least two reasons. First, Russia could move its pre-positioned forces into Ukraine quickly.
If fully committed, the Russian military is significantly stronger and more capable than Ukraine’s military, and the United States and other NATO countries have made it clear they will not deploy their forces to Ukraine to repel a Russian invasion. Even if diplomats reach an agreement, Putin has shown a willingness to dial up—and down—the war in Ukraine and threaten to expand the war, making the Russian threat persistent. Second, an invasion would mark a significant change in international politics, creating a new “Iron Curtain” that begins along Russia’s borders with Finland and the Baltic states and moves south through Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Central and South Asia, and finally to East Asia along China’s southern flank.