The United States reopens its embassy in Kyiv

“Today we officially resume operations at the United States Embassy in Kyiv. The people of Ukraine, with our security assistance, defended their homeland from the inadmissible invasion of Russia and, as a result , stars and stripes fly above the embassy. We proudly support and continue to support the government and people of Ukraine as they defend their country against the Kremlin’s brutal war of aggression,” Blinken said in a statement. a statement.

Blinken spoke of the United States’ continued commitment to the Ukrainian government and the Ukrainian people.

“Three months ago, we lowered our flag over the United States Embassy in Kyiv, Ukraine, just days before Russian forces crossed the border into Ukraine to wage the unprovoked and unwarranted war of choice of President Putin When we suspended operations at the Embassy, ​​we made the point clear: while we were relocating U.S. Embassy personnel for their safety and security, this would in no way impede our engagement and support for the people, government and civil society of Ukraine as well as our allies and partners,” Blinken said.

Blinken noted that the administration has been working to reopen the embassy since it closed.

“We underlined our commitment to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, pledged to continue our assistance and began working for the day when we could return to Kyiv. Now that day has arrived,” he added.

Prior to Russia’s invasion, the United States and many other countries withdrew diplomats and evacuated embassies and consulates from kyiv to the western city of Lviv. The State Department moved its diplomats to Poland and suspended all diplomatic services in Lviv just before the invasion began.

Last month, after Russia shifted its targets in Ukraine away from kyiv to focus on eastern Ukraine, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky urged the countries to re-establish a diplomatic presence in Ukraine. Many other countries have already reopened their embassies in Kyiv, and there have been calls for the United States to follow suit.

In late April, during a visit to kyiv, Blinken announced that the United States would return diplomats to Ukraine, and they began taking day trips to Lviv.

Acting US Ambassador to Ukraine Kristina Kvien and a group of US diplomats visited the US Embassy last week for the first time since it closed. Kvien remained in Kyiv ahead of the embassy’s reopening on Wednesday.

Blinken did not specify how many American diplomats would operate from the embassy. He noted that there are additional security measures in place – with “our enhanced security measures and protocols” – to ensure the safety of returning US diplomats.

“We are determined to meet the challenges ahead. The war is raging. Russian forces inflict death and destruction on Ukrainian soil every day. Millions of Ukrainians are displaced from their homes and mourn the loss of their loved ones. With determination, we reaffirm our commitment to the people and government of Ukraine, and look forward to carrying out our mission from the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv,” Blinken said.

This story is broken and will be updated.

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