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Russia Ukraine crisis: Indian embassy brought back to Kyiv

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After the embassy was temporarily relocated, India appointed Harsh Kumar Jain as its new envoy to Ukraine.

The embassy, which led the evacuation of Indian students from Ukraine in February and March, was relocated to Warsaw on March 13. India is one of several major countries that have directed their diplomatic teams to return to Kyiv. During a visit to India last month, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that the UK would reopen its embassy in Kyiv.

After the embassy was temporarily relocated, India appointed Harsh Kumar Jain as its new envoy to Ukraine.

On May 2, Mr. Jain presented his credentials to Ukraine’s Deputy Foreign Minister, Dmytro Senik. Mr Jain took over for Partha Satpathy, who led the evacuation of Indian students from Kharkiv, Kyiv, and other major Ukrainian cities.

In light of the escalating hostilities between Russia and Ukraine, many countries relocated embassies to the relative safety of the Ukrainian city of Lviv and neighbouring Poland. India’s announcement is significant because it comes just days after Russian President Putin’s May 9 Victory Day speech, in which he did not announce any new escalation of the “special military operation.”

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