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After reopening Israeli embassy in Kyiv, staff heads back to Warsaw

Lazar Berman is The Times of Israel's diplomatic reporter

Israeli Ambassador to Ukraine Michael Brodsky in Kyiv on his first day back since before the Russian invasion, May 16, 2022. (Courtesy)
Israeli Ambassador to Ukraine Michael Brodsky in Kyiv on his first day back since before the Russian invasion, May 16, 2022. (Courtesy)

After temporarily reopening Israel’s embassy in Kyiv, Ambassador Michael Brodsky and the embassy staff head back to Warsaw.

They opened the consular section for the first time this week, processing around 80 urgent cases.

While in Kyiv, Brodsky met with Ukrainian officials to discuss humanitarian assistance, and sat with other foreign ambassadors and members of the Jewish community. The embassy staff also provided consular services in Lviv on the way back to Warsaw.

The diplomats will return in two weeks, Brodsky tells The Times of Israel, and will open the embassy permanently once the security situation allows.

The Israeli flag remains flying in front of the embassy whether or not the staff is present.

Some Israelis have started returning, but the vast majority who were in the country when the war started have stayed away, Brodsky says.

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