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Newsline: U.K. to reopen embassy in Kyiv next week

The British government will next week reopen its embassy in Kyiv, joining a host of nations returning to the Ukrainian capital after Russian forces pulled back from Kyiv and other cities in the north. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that after Moscow retreated from areas in the north of Ukraine, the embassy could reopen. Mr. Johnson, speaking at a news conference in India, cited “the extraordinary fortitude and success” of President Volodymyr Zelensky for the decision to reopen the embassy. (https://www.wsj.com/livecoverage/russia-ukraine-latest-news-2022-04-22/card/u-k-to-reopen-embassy-in-kyiv-qCxT4PAViSFcMjTgTcio) The U.K. had moved its embassy operations to Lviv, western Ukraine. Last week, Italy and France said they would return to Kyiv to reopen their countries’ embassies. Several countries have re-established their diplomatic presence in the Ukrainian capital, including Turkey, Austria, Estonia, Lithuania and Slovenia, as well as officials representing the European Union. The U.S. Embassy in Kyiv is still closed and won’t reopen until it is safe to do so, a State Department spokesman said last week.

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