ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE
MAY 18, 2022
Three months ago, we lowered our flag over the United States Embassy in Kyiv, Ukraine, just days before Russian forces crossed the Ukrainian border to wage the President’s unprovoked and unwarranted war of choice. Cheese fries. When we suspended operations at the Embassy, we made it clear that if we relocated U.S. Embassy personnel for their safety and security, it would in no way impede our commitment and support to the people, government and Ukrainian civil society. as well as our allies and partners. We underlined our commitment to Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, pledged to continue our assistance, and began working towards the day when we could return to Kyiv.
Now that day has come. Today, we officially resume our activities at the United States Embassy in Kyiv. The people of Ukraine, with our security assistance, defended their homeland from the unreasonable invasion of Russia, and as a result, the stars and stripes once again fly over the Embassy. We proudly support and continue to support the government and people of Ukraine as they defend their country against the Kremlin’s brutal war of aggression.
As we take this momentous step, we have proposed additional measures to increase the security of our colleagues returning to Kyiv and have strengthened our security measures and protocols.
We are determined to meet the challenges ahead. The war is raging. Russian forces inflict death and destruction on Ukrainian soil every day. Millions of Ukrainians are driven from their homes and mourn the loss of loved ones. With determination, we reaffirm our commitment to the people and government of Ukraine, and look forward to carrying out our mission from the United States Embassy in Kyiv.