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Israeli embassy moves from Kyiv to Lviv amid Russia-Ukraine tensions

Israeli Embassy to Ukraine Evacuates to Lviv

The Israeli embassy to Ukraine officially evacuated to Lviv on Tuesday, February 22, moving from the capital in Kyiv after Russia declared separatist areas of Donetsk and Luhansk to be independent republics, a likely escalation against Ukraine.

Foreign Minister Yair Lapid emphasized that he is prioritizing the safety of Israel’s emissaries and citizens in Ukraine, as well as that of the local Jewish community.

Lapid thanked Israeli Ambassador to Ukraine Michael Brodsky and his staff for smoothly evacuating the embassy in Kyiv, which is farther east than Lviv and therefore closer to the area of conflict. Israel has been providing consular services in Lviv for citizens seeking to return since last week.

The Foreign Ministry reiterated its call for all Israeli citizens to leave Ukraine immediately.

Lapid also thanked Poland, Slovakia, Romania, Moldova, and Hungary for coordinating with Israel in advance of the possibility that Israelis will need to be evacuated by land. Israeli diplomats in those countries visited border crossings with Ukraine in recent days and held meetings with the border authorities to ensure passage for Israelis.

Despite the efforts and the government’s entreaties over the past week, only about 4,000 out of an estimated 12,000 Israelis had left Ukraine as of Monday. (JPost / VFI News)

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. - Joshua 1:9

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