The Pentagon is not planning on having troops provide security at the newly reopened U.S. Embassy in Kyiv, Ukraine.
A senior defense official told reporters that there aren’t plans for troops to help at the embassy, though the official noted it could change if the State Department requests it.
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“Right now, there’s no U.S. military security component to their embassy security needs. But that is not to say that that couldn’t change over time,” the official said.
The State Department reopened its embassy in Kyiv on Wednesday. It had shut down operations and moved to the western city of Lviv, which is further removed from most of the fight, roughly three months ago, right before Russia invaded.
“There has not been a specific decision by the secretary one way or the other on this,” the official added. “And he certainly has not expressed an opinion that he does not or never will want to provide any military assistance should it be needed by the State Department.”
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When Russian forces withdrew from the suburbs of the capital last month, focusing instead on eastern Ukraine, multiple European countries reopened their embassies, including the United Kingdom, France, Italy, and Denmark.