The European Union is resuming its diplomatic presence in Kyiv, the union’s chief diplomat Josep Borrell said during a visit to the capital of Ukraine on April 8, the European External Action Service in Brussels reports.
President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen and Head of the EU Delegation to Ukraine Matti Maasikas also joined Borrell in Kyiv. Maasikas will remain in the capital to reopen the premises of the delegation and assess the conditions for the gradual return of all staff.
“With this visit, the European Union is returning to Kyiv. I mean this literally: the head of our delegation is back here, so that we can work even more directly and more closely with the Ukrainian authorities,” Borrell said.
According to him, during their stay in the capital, the EU officials were convinced that the leadership of Ukraine was able to ensure the effective and full functioning of state and government structures.
“The return of our delegation to Kyiv will ensure even better interactions with the Government and more support for Ukrainian people,” Borrell added.
The EU Delegation to Ukraine was evacuated from Kyiv shortly after the full-scale invasion of the Russian Federation — after the intensification of attacks on the suburbs of the capital. Since that time, the representative office worked in Rzeszow (Poland), from where it coordinated European and international assistance to Ukraine. Some members of the delegation will continue to work there.
Individual EU states are also reopening their embassies in Kyiv: On April 5, Lithuania decided to return its ambassador to Ukraine. On April 8, Latvian diplomats also returned to Kyiv.