India has announced that its embassy in the Ukrainian capital Kyiv would resume its operation from May 17. The embassy has temporarily relocated to Warsaw, Poland, on March 13 in view of the rapidly deteriorating security situation in the war-torn country.
“The Indian Embassy in Ukraine, which was temporarily operating out of Warsaw (Poland), would be resuming its operation in Kyiv with effect from May 17,” the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said in a statement on May 13.
The decision to resume operation of the Indian embassy in Kyiv came amid decisions by several western countries to reopen their missions in the Ukrainian capital.
India had relocated the Kyiv embassy after bringing back more than 20,000 of its nationals from across the country under its evacuation mission, Operation Ganga, which was launched on February 26 in evacuate people from across Ukraine. The mission to bring back the last batch of 600 students ended in March after their evacuation from Sumy in Ukraine, to reach Poland in a special train from Lviv in Ukraine.
“The decision was taken in view of the rapidly deteriorating security situation in Ukraine, including attacks in the western parts of the country,” said the MEA spokesperson Arindam Bagchi, adding, “The situation would be reassessed in the light of further developments.”
Russia attacked Ukraine on 24 February 2022. The situation in Ukraine has been worsening since then.