The United States says it expects to return its embassy in Kyiv by the end of May, conditions permitting.

“We listen to the security professionals, and when they tell us we can go back we will go back,” the U.S. charge d’affaires, Kristina Kvien, told a news conference in the western Ukrainian city of Lviv on May 2.

The U.S. Embassy left Kyiv nearly two weeks before Russia launched its unprovoked invasion of Ukraine on February 24, moving some functions and diplomats to Lviv before eventually relocating to neighboring Poland.

Several Western countries have already returned their embassies to Kyiv after Russia retreated from the capital region as it redeployed troops to the east and south of Ukraine.

A reminder that, on February 24, 2022, Russian President Vladimir Putin initiated a full-scale invasion of Ukraine, starting a war. Russian troops are shelling and destroying the key infrastructure facilities, launching missile and air strikes on residential areas in Ukrainian cities and villages, torturing and murdering civilians.