Britain will reopen its embassy in kyiv, announces Boris Johnson | Ukraine

Britain will reopen its embassy in kyiv, Boris Johnson has announced, more than two months after moving it out of the Ukrainian capital before the Russian invasion.

Since the embassy closed in February, the UK has maintained a diplomatic presence in Ukraine, but has not provided in-person consular assistance.

The Foreign Ministry (FCDO) said at the time that the embassy was temporarily relocating and staff were operating from an embassy office in the western Ukrainian city of Lviv.

However, the embassy is expected to reopen next week after Russian forces were pushed back or withdrawn from the area around kyiv in the face of Ukrainian resistance. A team of returning diplomats will include Melinda Simmons, the UK ambassador.

The announcement, which the Prime Minister made at a press conference in India, also comes after meeting Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy during an unannounced visit to Kyiv earlier this month.

“President Zelenskiy’s extraordinary courage and success in resisting Russian forces in kyiv means that I can announce that very soon, next week, we will reopen our embassy in the Ukrainian capital,” Johnson said at the start of the conference. press in New Delhi.

“I want to pay tribute to the British diplomats who have remained in the region throughout this period.”

More than a dozen European countries, as well as the European Union, have already reopened their missions in Kyiv. These include Italy, Spain and France, which have reopened April 16. French Ambassador Etienne de Poncins said: “It was obviously a very emotional moment for me and my colleagues. We left Kyiv seven weeks ago. He said they didn’t know if they would ever come back.

The Czechs returned on April 13, announcement on Twitter“This is one of many steps we are taking to show our support for Ukraine.”

Zelenskiy praised the states whose missions have returned to the capital, saying they send “a clear signal to the aggressor”.

The United States has considered the possibility of reopening its embassy in Kyiv.

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