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The families of US diplomats have been ordered to leave Ukraine , while some embassy staffers were authorized to depart on a “voluntary” basis, according to an updated travel advisory that reiterated claims of a “continued threat of Russian military action.” “There are reports Russia is planning significant military action against Ukraine ,” the State Department said on The US had previously warned its citizens that they should not “anticipate that there will be US government-sponsored evacuations,” should a war take place in Ukraine , suggesting that they use the available commercial flights instead.

The US has ordered the families of its diplomats in Kyiv to leave Ukraine and urged all US citizens in the country to "consider departing," citing a "continued threat of Russian military action." The United States has ordered the departure of family members of Kiev embassy staff. AP cited State Department officials as saying that the embassy will remain open and the announcement does not constitute an evacuation. They added that the move does not reflect an easing of US support for Ukraine and had been under consideration for some time.

The State Department ordered diplomats' families Sunday afternoon to depart the U.S. embassy in Kyiv, Ukraine, amid heightened fears of a Russian attack on the country.

The embassy has also authorized non-emergency employees to depart, according to an internal cable obtained by ABC News.

In an updated travel advisory issued later Sunday, the State Department confirmed the drawdown and urged U.S. citizens in Ukraine to consider departing the country now using commercial flights.

MORE: Sen. Chris Coons says he's 'gravely concerned' Russia will invade Ukraine but defends administration's response The departure of families and some staff suggests the U.S. is increasingly concerned that diplomatic efforts to defuse tensions may not succeed and that Russia is more likely to send troops across the border.

Ukraine has been on the State Department's highest travel advisory -- Level 4: Do Not Travel -- for months because of COVID-19. Last month, the embassy updated that warning to say, "Russia is planning significant military action against Ukraine," which "would severely impact the U.S. Embassy's ability to provide consular services" to Americans.

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The US has ordered the relatives of its embassy staff in Ukraine to leave amid rising tension in the region. The State Department has also given permission for non-essential staff to leave and urged US citizens in Ukraine to consider departing. In a statement. it said there were reports that Russia is planning significant military action against Ukraine .

The United States ordered the departure of family members of U . S . Embassy personnel serving in Kyiv on Sunday, citing the “threat of Russian military action,” the State Department said in a statement. The United States also told nonessential staff they can leave the country — a decision that underscores the growing fears in Washington of an imminent military invasion of Ukraine by Moscow as it amasses tens of thousands of Russian troops around Ukraine ’s borders. “There are reports Russia is planning significant military action against Ukraine ,” the State Department bulletin said.

A State Department spokesperson said Saturday that the U.S. will not evacuate Americans like in the operation conducted out of Afghanistan last August.

"American citizens should not anticipate that there will be U.S. government-sponsored evacuations. Currently commercial flights are available to support departures," the spokesperson said.

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The change in the embassy's status has upset some Ukrainian officials, many of who are skeptical that Russia is planning an attack and think it is instead continuing to raise the pressure to destabilize the country.

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.

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The White House has told Americans in Ukraine to leave immediately, but the decision means leaving friends, family and employees behind in a war zone."I can't leave without my wife and stepkids," Randall Collett, an American who's lived in Ukraine for about four years, told Newsweek.

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