The Biden administration cannot be serious.
On Saturday, the United States State Department announced that Americans fleeing Ukraine ahead of a potential invasion by Russia will now be welcomed into Poland — but they must show proof of COVID-19 vaccination, as well as their U.S. passport to gain entry into the country.
[source: The Daily Wire]
Over the weekend, Joe Biden ordered 160 members of the Florida National Guard out of Ukraine to new positions in Europe. The guardsmen had been stationed in Ukraine to train and advise Ukrainian forces as part of Joint Multinational Training Group-Ukraine, Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby said Saturday, according to Fox News.
“They are departing Ukraine and will reposition elsewhere in Europe,” Kirby said. “The Secretary made this decision out of an abundance of caution – with the safety and security of our personnel foremost in mind – and informed by the State Department’s guidance on U.S. personnel in Ukraine.”
That decision comes after National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan advised all Americans in Ukraine on Friday to flee the country, as they most likely will not be rescued by American forces if fighting starts:
“We don’t know exactly what is going to happen, but the risk is now high enough, 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 no prospect of a U.S. military evacuation in the event of a Russian invasion,” Sullivan said.
Where exactly they were to go was their choice, but on Saturday, Poland opened their borders to Americans in Ukraine with the aforementioned vaccine caveat.
“The security situation in Ukraine continues to be unpredictable due to the increased threats of Russian military action and can deteriorate with little notice,” the State Department said in a press release. “U.S. citizens in Ukraine should depart immediately using commercial or other privately available transportation options.”
“Poland has indicated to the U.S. government that U.S. citizens may now enter Poland through the land border with Ukraine,” the government agency added.
U.S. citizens simply need to present “a valid U.S. passport and proof of COVID-19 vaccination,” according to the U.S. government. “Travelers are also encouraged to present a negative test result from a PCR or antigen COVID-19 test, which will facilitate entry into Poland.”
According to the U.S. government, a Russian invasion into Ukraine could occur anytime within the next week.
Author: Elizabeth Tierney