France urges its citizens to leave Ukraine’s Kharkiv, Luhansk and Donetsk

FILE PHOTO: A view shows the rebel-held city of Donetsk
FILE PHOTO: People walk towards a monument to the Liberators of Donbass in the rebel-held city of Donetsk, Ukraine January 27, 2022. REUTERS/Alexander Ermochenko/File Photo

February 19, 2022

PARIS (Reuters) – France urged its citizens on Saturday to leave the Ukrainian regions of Kharkiv, Luhansk and Donetsk without delay after a rise in tensions following Russia’s military build-up near Ukraine.

A travel advisory issued on the French foreign ministry’s website also suggested French citizens in Ukraine should leave if they do not have urgent business there.

Earlier on Saturday, Germany’s foreign ministry told German nationals to leave Ukraine.

(Reporting by Juliette Jabkhiro; Editing by Alison Williams and Timothy Heritage)

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