Federal Government urges Australians in Ukraine to “leave now”

Australia has joined other western nations in warning people not to travel to Ukraine.

The Federal Government updated its travel advice overnight, urging Australians already in Ukraine to leave the country immediately.

The overall advice has now been raised to “do not travel” due to the risk of armed conflict.


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“The Australian Government has directed the departure of dependants of Australian Embassy staff from Kyiv,” the warning reads.

“If you’re in Ukraine, you should leave now by commercial means if it’s safe to do so as flight availability could change or be suspended at short notice.”

“Consular services and our ability to provide consular assistance to Australians may be limited due to local circumstances,” the Federal Government said.

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has opened a registration portal for Australian citizens to register their whereabouts due to security concerns.

“Australians who decide to remain in Ukraine should review their personal security plans, be prepared to shelter in place if required, maintain heightened security awareness and register with DFAT.”

US President Joe Biden is holding crisis talks with European leaders this morning, after months of growing fears about a Russian invasion.

It’s understood around 8500 of their troops have been put on heightened alert.