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✎ EN British expat in Ukraine - consequences of Russian invasion?

Discussion in 'Ukraine' started by Ken Jones, Jan 20, 2022.

  1. Ken Jones

    Ken Jones New Member

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    I been living in Kharkov, Ukraine for seven years and have an indefinite stay visa.

    Anyone know what are the likely consequences for British expats if Russia does invade Ukraine?
     
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    Difficult to know what is going to happen.

    On the one hand, it seems very difficult for the US and especially the European Union (because they are neighbouring countries) to see Russia invading and annexing completely Ukraine in the way they did for Crimea.
    But on the other hand, Russia (and Poutine) consider that Ukraine is their back garden (and they have a very long history together) and therefore cannot accept to see Ukraine joining NATO and western democracies.

    Is the current massing of Russian troupes along the border the start of an invasion or only a demonstration of power acting as a warning, it is impossible to guess.

    However, it is unlikely that expats would be targeted as it would immediately increase the reaction of occidental countries. British expats are very unlikely to be different from other expats.
     
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    Thanks for a very comprehensive reply.
     
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    Well, actually you might want to reconsider the fate of UK and US citizens in Ukraine.
    Today it is reported that the US has ordered relatives of its embassy staff to leave and Britain has started withdrawing staff from its embassy too, amid growing fears of a Russian invasion.
    See here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-60106416
     
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