Indian embassy to resume operations in Ukrainian capital
The Indian embassy in Ukraine will resume operations in Kyiv from Tuesday, over two months after it relocated to Warsaw in Poland in view of the war.
The reopening was announced by the external affairs ministry here and is an indication of an assessment within that a semblance of normality has returned to the Ukrainian capital.
In deciding to reopen its mission, India will be joining several western countries — most of them allied against Russia — who have been sending their diplomats back into Kyiv in a show of confidence about the capital being a safe zone.
The countries that have reopened their Kyiv missions are mostly from the European Union and Nato, including France and the UK. The US had last month announced plans to reopen the embassy in Kyiv and Charge d’Affaires Kristina Kvien visited the Ukrainian capital last Sunday as part of this process. The mission has not yet become operational from its premises in the city.
India had decided to temporarily relocate the Indian embassy in Ukraine to Poland on March 13 in view of the deteriorating security situation in the country. Even before the formal announcement of the relocation, the embassy had closed its operations in Kyiv on March 1
and relocated its staff to Lviv near the Polish border where a number of Indians seeking to leave Ukraine had converged.
Another team of the embassy had moved eastwards to coordinate the return of Indian nationals, mostly students, out of Kharkiv and Sumy.