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Turkey issues travel warning for eastern Ukraine amid rising tensions

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The Turkish Foreign Ministry on Saturday advised citizens to avoid traveling to eastern Ukraine amid escalating tensions between Russia and Ukraine.

“It is recommended that our citizens refrain from traveling to the eastern border regions of Ukraine unless necessary,” the ministry said in a statement.

The ministry also asked people to take all possible precautions for their safety and to contact the Turkish Embassy in Kyiv before essential travel.

On Friday US President Joe Biden reiterated his call for US citizens in Ukraine to leave the country immediately, citing increased threats of military action.

Turkey has recently offered to act as a mediator between Ukraine and Russia to maintain peace in the region.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan travelled to Kyiv on Feb. 3 in an effort to mediate the crisis with Russia.

After meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, Erdoğan reaffirmed his offer to host a Ukraine-Russia crisis summit in Turkey.

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