Americans urged to leave Russia as conflict with Ukraine heats up

The U.S. Embassy in Moscow issued an alert, saying "severe limitations" could prevent it from assisting U.S. citizens still in the country.
2:02 | 09/29/22

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OUR TEAM COVERAGE AND WE'LL CHECK BACK IN WITH GINGER A BIT LATER HERE. >>> IN THE MEANTIME, TO THE OTHER MAJOR NEWS THIS WEDNESDAY NIGHT, THE U.S. URGING AMERICANS TO LEAVE RUSSIA IMMEDIATELY. WARNING THAT THOSE WITH DUAL CITIZENSHIP MAY BE STOPPED FROM LEAVING AND EVEN DRAFTED INTO MILITARY SERVICE. HERE'S OUR CHIEF INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT IAN PANNELL IN UKRAINE TONIGHT. >> Reporter: TONIGHT, ALL AMERICANS LIVING IN RUSSIA WARNED TO LEAVE IMMEDIATELY AMID RAPIDLY RISING TENSIONS OVER THE WAR IN UKRAINE. THE U.S. EMBASSY ISSUING AN ALERT WARNING THAT RUSSIA MAY STOP DUAL CITIZENS HOLDING U.S. PASSPORTS FROM LEAVING THE COUNTRY, AND EVEN CONSCRIPT THEM INTO THE MILITARY. MEANWHILE, THE EXODUS OVER PUTIN'S MILITARY DRAFT IS GROWING. HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS HAVE FLED ACROSS RUSSIA'S BORDERS. ABC'S BRITT CLENNETT IS AT THE CROSSING INTO GEORGIA. >> ALL THESE PEOPLE BEHIND ME HAVE BEEN ON A DAYS LONG JOURNEY FROM RUSSIA. THEY SAY THAT THEY DON'T HAVE ANY PLANS, BUT THEY JUST NEEDED TO GET OUT. MANY OF THEM ARE RELIEVED, THEY ARE EXHAUSTED, BUT THEY SAY, THEY HAD NO CHOICE. >> Reporter: DMITRIJE SPENT SEVEN DAYS TRYING TO ESCAPE RUSSIA, BREATHLESS FROM TWO DAYS ON FOOT CROSSING INTO GEORGIA. >> I DON'T WANT TO KILL PEOPLE AND I DON'T WANT TO BE KILLED. I DON'T NEED THIS WAR. I DON'T SUPPORT PUTIN. >> Reporter: AND TENSIONS ESCALATING OVER A BOGUS REFERENDUM IN OCCUPIED PARTS OF UKRAINE. PUTIN IS EXPECTED TO USE THE RESULTS TO DECLARE THE REGIONS ARE NOW PART OF RUSSIA AS EARLY AS THIS FRIDAY. TONIGHT, THE WHITE HOUSE CALLING IT AN ILLEGAL MOVE THAT THEY'LL NEVER RECOGNIZE, SAYING MORE SANCTIONS ARE COMING, AND ANNOUNCING A $1 BILLION PACKAGE OF WEAPONS AND EQUIPMENT FOR UKRAINE. THE ADMINISTRATION ALSO ADDING ITS VOICE TO GROWING ACCUSATIONS THAT THE LEAKS THAT APPEARED IN TWO GAS PIPELINES UNDER THE BALTIC SEA WERE APPARENT SABOTAGE. DAVID, THE ADMINISTRATION CALLING THIS ANNEXATION MOVE OUTRAGEOUS AND FRAUDULENT. THIS NEW AID P

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