US Embassy in Kyiv reopens after three months of closure

To: 05/18/2022 21:23

At the beginning of April, Russia withdrew its troops from the region around kyiv, and since then more and more diplomatic missions have returned to the Ukrainian capital. The United States has now reopened its embassy.

After being closed for three months, the US Embassy in the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv has resumed operations. “We officially resume work at the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv today,” U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said. The ministry also announced that additional measures have been taken to ensure the safety of colleagues returning to Kyiv.

The American flag in front of the building was raised again. “The people of Ukraine, with our security support, defended their homeland against the ruthless invasion of Russia, and as a result, the stars and stripes (American national flag) once again flutter above the embassy. “Blinken said.

The embassy first moved to Lviv

About three months ago, the United States moved its embassy operations from the capital kyiv to the city of Lviv in western Ukraine, near the border with Poland. Shortly before the outbreak of war, embassy staff left for Poland. Embassy staff in Kyiv had previously been reduced to a bare minimum. The US State Department had already ordered the families of diplomats to leave the US embassy in kyiv at the end of January.

On May 8, US Embassy Charge d’Affaires Kristina Kvien and a small group of US diplomats visited kyiv for the first time since the war began. The embassy itself remained closed. Today the US State Department said, “Now that day has come. Today, we officially resume operations at the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv. Ministry spokesman Ned Price said:

We are proud and will continue to support the Ukrainian government and people as they defend their country against the Kremlin’s brutal war of aggression.

The war was raging. However, the commitment to Ukraine is reaffirmed. Even then, it was repeatedly made clear that, despite the embassy move, they would continue to support Ukraine.

The EU, France and Italy are already back

According to the Federal Foreign Office, the German embassy in kyiv already resumed its activities in a limited form last week. During her visit to Kyiv last week, Federal Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock raised the German flag in front of the embassy building. Before that, the representations of the EU, France, Italy, Great Britain, Austria and other countries had already been reopened in Kyiv.

After the Russian army initially invaded Ukraine from the north, south and east, Russian troops in front of kyiv withdrew again in early April. Since then, Russia has increasingly focused on attacks to the east and south of the neighboring country.

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