Norwegian embassy personnel moved from Kyiv to Lviv

Anniken HuitfeldtPhoto: Annika Byrde / NTB
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Norway has temporarily moved its diplomats in Ukraine from Kyiv to Lviv after the Russian attack on Ukraine.

Foreign Minister Anniken Huitfeldt (AP) confirmed the information on Thursday morning. Norway has previously adjusted its staffing levels at the embassy as a result of the security situation.

“The embassy will operate from Lviv, but has very limited capacity to assist Norwegian citizens in Ukraine,” Huitfeldt said.

The embassy is not open to the public but is available by phone and email. Until further notice, it will not be possible to apply for a Norwegian visa or residence permit from Ukraine.

Since February 11, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has advised against all travel to Ukraine.

“I urge all Norwegian citizens who are still in Ukraine to leave the country. We have been in contact with those who have registered via reiseregistrering.no or in the Reiseklar app,” Huitfeldt noted.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs encourages everyone who has left Ukraine to update their travel registration.

Russia launches attack on Ukraine

In the middle of the night, around 4 AM Norwegian time, in an extraordinary television address, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that Russia was launching a military operation in Ukraine.

Putin announced the attack on Ukraine during an extraordinary session of the UN Security Council.

Ukraine has closed its airspace to civilian flights. CNN journalists report explosions in Kyiv and at least six other Ukrainian cities.

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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