The EU will resume its diplomatic presence within the Ukrainian capital Kyiv, after quickly transferring it to Poland after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the bloc introduced on late Friday (8 April).
Head of the EU delegation in Ukraine, Matti Maasikas, travelled again to Ukraine joined by two EU prime officers visiting the nation on Friday and can stay in Kyiv to reopen the delegation and assess circumstances for employees to return, the EU’s diplomatic service (EEAS) mentioned.
The remaining employees of the EU’s delegation was evacuated from Ukraine’s capital to the Polish metropolis Rzeszów shortly after Russia’s invasion, which has been internet hosting a big a part of Kyiv’s diplomatic corps. Others had been moved to the western metropolis of Lviv.
Poland’s Bartosz Cichocki has been the one remaining EU ambassador in Kyiv, however some member states have began to regularly ship employees again.
Speaking in Kyiv alongside Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, EU’s chief diplomat Josep Borrell mentioned the transfer would improve the bloc’s interactions with the Ukrainian authorities and assist help Ukrainian residents.
“Our delegation is coming back, the EU is coming back to Kyiv, and I am sure that other Delegations and embassies from member states will follow,” Borrell mentioned.
“We have witnessed first-hand the ability of the Ukrainian administration to ensure the effective and full functioning of the state and government structures, despite very difficult circumstances,” he mentioned.
“Ukraine is not a country invaded, dominated. There is still a government which receives people from outside, and you can travel to Kyiv,” the EU’s chief diplomat added.