Israel’s embassy in Kyiv will temporarily reopen next week

Lazar Berman is The Times of Israel's diplomatic reporter

Israel’s embassy in Kyiv will temporarily reopen next week for the first time since late September, an Israeli official tells The Time of Israel.

There were discussions in the Foreign Ministry this week about permanently opening Israel’s embassy in Ukraine, but the security situation does not permit such a move.

Since May it has been periodically reopened for two-week stretches, though this time it will be open for 10 days. Three diplomats, including Ambassador Michael Brodsky, will work out of the embassy.

He and his staff work out of Warsaw, Poland when they are not in Kyiv.

With Russia stepping up its missile and drone attacks on Kyiv and other Ukrainian cities in recent weeks, the embassy has remained closed due to safety concerns.

None of the embassy’s local staff have been harmed in the strikes, and Israeli diplomats are in touch with them daily.

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