Britain to reopen its embassy in the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv, says Boris Johnson

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Britain to reopen its embassy in the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv, says Boris Johnson
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Britain is to reopen its embassy in the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv, Boris Johnson has announced.

Paying tribute to British diplomats who had remained elsewhere in the region during the period, the Prime Minister said the embassy would reopen next week.

Speaking in New Delhi on the second day of his two day trip to India, Mr Johnson said: “The extraordinary fortitude and the success of President Zelensky and the Ukrainian people in resisting Russian forces in Kyiv means I can announce today that we will very shortly, next week, reopen our embassy in Ukraine’s capital city.”

Britain initially moved the embassy to the western city of Lviv in February shortly before the Russian invasion began.

Foreign Secretary Liz Truss then announced in early March that ambassador Melinda Simmons had left the country altogether due to the “serious security situation”.

The decision to reopen it comes after other the EU and Italy said it would also reopen their diplomatic missions in Kyiv following Vladimir Putin’s decision to abandon plans to try and seize the Ukrainian capital and switch its focus to taking territory in the Donbas region of eastern Ukraine.

It also follows Mr Johnson’s surprise visit to the city to meet President Zelensky earlier this month.

Asked if there were any plans for other ministers to now visit Kyiv, the Prime Minister replied that while he was in favour of visits to show solidarity with the Ukrainian people and President Zelensky, there were no immediate visits scheduled.

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