December 1, 2023


The EU late on Friday announced that its diplomatic delegation to Ukraine will resume operations in Kyiv.

Following Russia’s invasion, the bloc had relocated its Ukrainian diplomatic presence to the Polish city of Rzeszow.

On Friday, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and the bloc’s foreign affairs chief Josep Borrell visited Kyiv, accompanied by Matti Maasikas, an Estonian diplomat who heads the EU’s delegation to Ukraine.

Maasikas will stay in Kyiv and assess “the conditions for a progressive return” of staff to the capital.

“We have witnessed first-hand the ability of the Ukrainian administration to ensure effective and full functioning of state and government structures, despite very difficult circumstances,” Borrell said — adding that having staff on the ground would enable better interactions with the Ukrainian government.


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