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Ukraine War

Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 28 June 2022

Tuesday, 28 June 2022

Questions (342)

Neale Richmond

Question:

342. Deputy Neale Richmond asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs when the Irish Embassy in Kyiv will reopen; when Irish diplomats will return to Ukraine; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [33643/22]

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Written answers (Question to Foreign)

Ireland's diplomats posted to Kyiv were evacuated as a result of Russia's large-scale invasion of Ukraine in February 2022. Ireland's Embassy to Kyiv has continued to operate remotely, initially from Dublin. It is currently operating remotely from Warsaw.

I believe that it is important to have a physical, sustained presence in Kyiv, as an integral part of our overall commitment to Ukraine, as it continues to face an unwarranted, illegal and immoral attack on its territorial integrity and sovereignty by Russia. Work is underway in evaluating in particular what security measures must be in place before our diplomats can return to Ukraine.

My Department strongly advises against all travel to Ukraine, for any purpose. Irish citizens in Ukraine should leave if safe to do so. The capacity of the Department to provide consular assistance to citizens in Ukraine is extremely limited.

Question No. 343 answered with Question No. 302.
Question No. 344 answered with Question No. 305.
Question No. 345 answered with Question No. 305.
Question No. 346 answered with Question No. 303.
Question No. 347 answered with Question No. 305.
Question No. 348 answered with Question No. 303.
Question No. 349 answered with Question No. 305.
Question No. 350 answered with Question No. 305.
Question No. 351 answered with Question No. 308.
Question No. 352 answered with Question No. 308.
Question No. 353 answered with Question No. 305.
Question No. 354 answered with Question No. 305.
Question No. 355 answered with Question No. 305.
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