Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland, Foreign Minister Melanie Jolie, Canadian Ambassador to Ukraine Larissa Galaza and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau raise the flag at the Canadian Embassy in Kyiv, Ukraine, May 8, 2022. (The Canadian Press/CBC News/Pool/Murray Brewster)
In May, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau hoisted the flag at the Canadian Embassy in Kyiv and announced that it would resume operations.
Nearly three months later, the Canadian ambassador to Ukraine has not returned to his original desk and is working with his staff elsewhere in Kyiv for security reasons.
After invading Ukraine in late February, Russian forces launched missile strikes in the Kyiv region for the first time in weeks.
Prime Minister Trudeau announced the reopening of the embassy on a surprise visit to Ukraine in May with Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland, Foreign Minister Melanie Jolie and Canada’s Ambassador to Ukraine Larissa Galaza.
Global Affairs Canada says Ottawa has re-established a diplomatic presence in Ukraine, but diplomatic staff are not working at the embassy due to security concerns.
Defense Department spokesman Jason Kung said Canada looks forward to gradually restoring Canada’s full diplomatic presence and services as soon as possible.