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Personal Message from Michelle L. Smith:


“Hello Marylanders: A plethora of questions are coming in from lots of people.  I am deeply concerned for your family members and friends that are located in Ukraine. The Campaign Team and I are praying for everyone’s safety.  For now, we have added below some information from the U.S. Department of State’s website to further guide you. Share this information with everyone you know. Also, many people have been asking about food shortages and increased gasoline prices. In the meantime, the safest thing to do is to stock up your kitchens and deep freezers with food.  Make sure that your gas tanks are filled up to capacity. Try not to drive anywhere if you don’t have to so that you may conserve your gasoline usage for longer periods of time.  We have no idea how this unprovoked attack on Ukraine is going to affect the U.S.  The Campaign Team and I are very sorry that this occurred.  Nevertheless, always be safe and mindful of your surroundings. I wish you, your friends and your families well.”

From the U.S. Department of State:


“We strongly reiterate our recommendation to U.S. citizens to depart Ukraine immediately.  The security situation in Ukraine continues to be unpredictable throughout the country and may deteriorate with little notice.  There is a strong likelihood that any Russian military operations would severely restrict commercial air travel.  Russian troops have continued to move closer to the border in what looks like plans for an invasion at any moment.  There have been reports of increased ceasefire violations in Luhansk and Donetsk in recent days.  And Russia has ordered troops to deploy into the so-called DNR and LNR regions of Ukraine.  U.S. citizens who choose to remain in these areas despite our advice to depart Ukraine immediately should remain vigilant and alert to their surroundings.  In the event of an attack, U.S. citizens should seek shelter in a hardened structure and monitor major news outlets for guidance on when it is safe to move.”

U.S. citizens seeking to depart Ukraine needing further information should communicate with the Department of State via our online assistance request form at  https://cacms.state.gov/s/crisis-intake   or call 1-833-741-2777 (in the United States) or 1-606-260-4379 (from overseas) for immediate assistance. 

U.S. citizens planning to depart Ukraine should consult our guidance on how to cross land borders at https://ua.usembassy.gov/message-to-u-s-citizens-overland-border-crossings-for-departing-ukraine/   when departing Ukraine.  We have stationed support teams near the Ukrainian border in Romania, Hungary, Slovakia, and Moldova to provide assistance to U.S. citizens, and have opened a Welcome Center for U.S. citizens in Poland.

U.S. citizens can seek consular services at Embassies and Consulates in the region listed below, or any U.S. Embassy or Consulate.  Visit our United with Ukraine website for more information about U.S. government actions to support the Ukrainian government and people.

U.S. Embassy Poland: https://pl.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/

U.S. Embassy Hungary: https://hu.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/

U.S. Embassy Romania: https://ro.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/

U.S. Embassy Moldova: https://md.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/

U.S. Embassy Czech Republic: https://cz.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/

U.S. Embassy Slovakia: https://sk.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/

U.S. Mission to Germany: https://de.usembassy.gov/services/

U.S. Embassy Lithuania: https://lt.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/

U.S. Mission to the United Kingdom: https://uk.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/

U.S. Mission to Turkey: https://tr.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/

U.S. Embassy Bulgaria: https://bg.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/