According to a media report, the Federal Foreign Office is working on an evacuation plan for the relatives of the German embassy employees in Ukraine.

This was reported by the Bild newspaper early on Saturday evening.

The relatives should, it says, be brought out of Ukraine if the situation deteriorates further. 

There had previously been reports of concrete evacuation plans from the United States.

The US State Department has asked family members of employees of the US Embassy in Ukraine to begin evacuating on Monday, according to Fox News.

Over the next week, the State Department will also encourage Americans to leave Ukraine on commercial flights "while they are still available," an official said.

First shipment of ammunition arrived

Late Friday evening, the American Embassy in Ukraine announced that the first shipment of ammunition had arrived, in accordance with President Joe Biden's instructions. According to the source from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, these are mainly ammunition for small arms. She also told Fox News that Javelin anti-tank missiles from the Baltic states and American military stockpiles are expected to arrive early next week. The US government plans to ship "a ton" of arms and ammunition to Ukraine in the coming days, officials say.

Because of the German refusal to deliver arms to Ukraine, the Ukrainian government has accused Berlin of "encouraging" the actions of the Russian head of state Vladimir Putin and of "undermining" the unity of the West in the conflict. Germany's statements that it was not possible to deliver "defense weapons to Ukraine" did not "fit in with the current security situation," Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba wrote on Twitter on Saturday.

The unity of the West towards Russia is "more important today than ever," emphasized Kuleba.

"The German partners must stop using such words and actions to undermine unity and to encourage Vladimir Putin to launch a new attack on Ukraine." Ukraine is "grateful" for Germany's previous support, but "the current statements are disappointing,” added the Foreign Minister.

Federal Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht (SPD) had previously rejected arms deliveries to Ukraine.