Escalation / Destabilization Conflict

Poland evacuates consulate in Crimea: foreign minister

March 08, 2014 03:37 PM

Warsaw residents stage a demonstration outside the U.S. Embassy in Warsaw, Poland, Thursday, March 6, 2014, to demand sanctions against Russian leader Vladimir Putin and his government for the military incursion in Ukraine’s Crimea region. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

WARSAW: Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski  said on Saturday Poland  had evacuated its consulate in Ukraine’s Crimea  due to disturbances by Russian forces.

Sikorski said on Twitter: “Because of continuing disturbances by Russian forces there, we have reluctantly evacuated our consulate in Crimea, Ukraine.”

The consulate is in Sevastopol, the home of both Russia’s Black Sea Fleet  and the Ukrainian navy, where Russian troops drove a truck into a missile defence post and took control of it overnight.

The Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs  added that the consulate in Ukrainian city of Odessa  would take over the duties of the Sevastopol  unit.

The ministry called on Polish citizens to leave the Crimean peninsula and avoid travelling to eastern areas of Ukraine.

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