Feb 13, 2022 - World

Poland opens border to Americans leaving Ukraine

Poland border with Ukraine

U.S. Army soldiers and military vehicles exit a U.S. Air Force Boeing C-17A Globemaster III transport aircraft at Jasionka Rzeszow Airport on Feb. 6 in Rzeszow, Poland. Photo: Omar Marques/Getty Images

Poland has opened its borders to Americans leaving Ukraine by land without advance approval, the State Department said on Saturday, as it encouraged U.S. citizens to "depart immediately."

State of play: The Biden administration announced on Friday it would deploy several thousand troops from the 82nd Airborne Division to Poland to bolster NATO defenses. They are also expected to aid in evacuating Americans.

  • A few airlines have begun to cancel or divert flights to Ukraine amid mounting fears of a looming Russian invasion, AP reports.
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