South Korea to Close Temporary Embassy in Western Ukraine Due to Heightened Military Threat

South Korea will close its temporary embassy in the city of Lviv in western Ukraine due to “escalating military threats,” South Korean Foreign Ministry announced on March 18.

In a statement, the South Korean Foreign Ministry said that the Russian military was expanding its attacks to areas near the city, making it difficult for the embassy “to function and to secure safety of its staff.”

Officials at the Lviv embassy will move to a nearby country, the Foreign Ministry said.

Embassy officials plan to relocate after determining if there are South Korea residents in the city who wish to leave with them, KBS reported.

South Korea dispersed its embassy in Ukraine into three temporary government offices amid the Russian invasion: one in Lviv, one in Chernivtsi, and one in Romania.

South Korean Ambassador to Ukraine Kim Hyung-tae is working from the Chernivtsi office, according to KBS.


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