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Kyiv: despite its planned reopening, the Canadian embassy is still closed

Kyïv: despite its planned reopening, the Canadian embassy is still closed


The doors of the Canadian Embassy are still closed in Kyiv, despite Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announcing its official reopening nearly three months ago, a Global News reporter noted. 

Only three security guards were posted outside the embassy building this week. They have confirmed that the place is still not occupied again.

A notice is posted on the railings that services are “temporarily suspended” due to the ongoing conflict in Ukraine. An email address is also provided for people who need assistance, as is the contact information for the Emergency Watch and Response Center in Ottawa.

The Canadian Prime Minister was nevertheless present on site on May 8 to announce the return of consular services, having even hoisted the flag on the mast. During his speech, Mr. Trudeau then indicated that Ambassador Larisa Galadza will be back “when the Embassy reopens”.

The Canadian Ambassador to Ukraine is however back on Ukrainian soil, since she was seen with President Volodymyr Zelensky in Odessa , according to her Twitter account.

Global Affairs Canada confirmed that Ms. Galadza had indeed returned to resume “high-level diplomatic engagements in person.” Staff presence in the capital, however, remains limited.

“We continue to assess the posting of staff to Kyiv as we seek to gradually restore Canada's full diplomatic presence and services in a timely manner. “, he was clarified to Global News.

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