Tensions between Ukraine and Russia have risen to the point that several countries have advised residents to leave Ukraine immediately because flights to the country have been stopped.

Following warnings from the US and the UK that a Russian invasion could be near, a number of countries have encouraged their nationals to flee Ukraine.

The United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, the Netherlands, Japan, China, Israel, and Egypt are among the countries that have advised their citizens to leave.

Nigerian citizens in Ukraine have been advised to avoid needless travel within the country by the Nigerian Embassy.

It also reminded them to take their personal and collective security seriously and to carry the necessary identification at all times.

According to a press release released by the Nigerian Embassy in Ukraine on January 26, it was re-shared on Saturday, February 12 by Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Chairman of the Nigerians In Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), on her official Twitter handle.

Ukraine/Russia tensions: Multiple nations tell citizens to leave Ukraine immediately as flights are banned from traveling to the country

This comes as Russia has gathered an estimated 100,000 troops along Ukraine’s border, but denies any intention of invading, despite conducting joint maneuvers with Belarus on Saturday, barring the Black Sea with naval ships, and flying nuclear bombers along Ukraine’s border.

The White House has warned that an invasion may occur at any time and that it could start with aerial bombing. Such charges were described by Russia as “provocative guesswork.”

Ukraine/Russia tensions: Multiple nations tell citizens to leave Ukraine immediately as flights are banned from traveling to the country

Non-essential personnel have been instructed to leave the US Embassy in Kyiv, Ukraine’s capital, and consular services will be discontinued as of Sunday, however “a limited consular presence” will be maintained in the western city of Lviv “to manage emergencies.”

According to Canadian media, Canada is also relocating its embassy staff to Lviv, near the Polish border. Melinda Simmons, the UK ambassador to Ukraine, tweeted that she and a “core staff” will remain in Kyiv.

Russia is changing its diplomatic personnel as well, stating that it will “optimise the staffing” of its diplomats in Ukraine due to “potential acts of provocation by the Kyiv administration or third nations.”

Flights to Ukraine have also been restricted in order to prevent any possible attacks.

Meanwhile, other protests have erupted in Kyiv.

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