The Russian invasion of Ukraine appears to be slightly stalled at present, with the questionably-prepared Kremlin fighting force finding themselves unable to take and hold key cities as they head west.
The real action, as it were, has come from inside Russia, where the daughter of one of Vladimir Putin’s most trusted allies was killed in a car bomb attack that was believed to have been targeting her father.
Fears of Russian retaliation for the attack were high this week, forcing the US Embassy to issue a rather stark warning to countrymen abroad.
The U.S. Embassy in Kyiv, warning of an increased possibility of Russian military strikes on Ukraine in the coming days around Ukrainian independence day, has again urged U.S. citizens to leave if they can.
“The Department of State has information that Russia is stepping up efforts to launch strikes against Ukraine’s civilian infrastructure and government facilities in the coming days,” the embassy said in an alert on its website.
The warning left little room for the imagination.
“The U.S. Embassy urges U.S. citizens to depart Ukraine now using privately available ground transportation options if it is safe to do so,” the alert said, repeating the advice of previous security warnings.
Russia was quick to blame Ukraine for the car bomb attack, but their long history of misguided propaganda and provably false allegations has cast some doubt on the veracity of the claims.