U.S. embassy resumes operations in Kyiv

The Secretary of State said his department has implemented additional security measures at the embassy

Published: May 18, 2022 6:28pm

Updated: May 18, 2022 6:53pm

The U.S. embassy resumed operations in Kyiv, Ukraine, more than three months after moving due to the threat of Russian military action.

"Today, thanks to Ukraine's courageous defense and the bravery of its people, we're back," U.S. Embassy Kyiv tweeted.

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Wednesday officially announced that operations have resumed in Ukraine's capital. 

"We stand proudly with the government and people of Ukraine as they bravely defend their country from Putin’s brutal invasion. Slava Ukraini!" Blinken tweeted.

In an official statement, Blinken said the State Department has "put forward additional measures to increase the safety of our colleagues who are returning to Kyiv and have enhanced our security measures and protocols."

The U.S. embassy relocated from Kyiv to Lviv on Feb. 14 "due to the dramatic acceleration in the buildup of Russian forces." Russia invaded Ukraine 10 days later.

The U.S. embassy's return comes about a month after the United Kingdom announced it would reopen its embassy in Kyiv.

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