Statement on the current political and security situation in Ukraine
Statement11 February 2022
The Department of Foreign Affairs is in ongoing contact at senior level with EU partners, as well as the UK and the US, regarding the political and security situation in Ukraine.
Our Embassy in Kyiv is in constant coordination with partners on the ground in respect of consular and security contingency planning and that coordination will continue through the weekend.
We are aware of the decision today by the US and UK to change their travel advice to their citizens currently in Ukraine and to advise them to leave.
Ireland, along with other EU MS, continues to advise against all non-essential travel to Ukraine and is asking all citizens in Ukraine to ensure that they are registered with our Embassy in Kyiv. Travel advice will be kept under constant review, in consultation with EU partners.
A small number of Embassies in Kyiv, including the UK, US, Canada, have drawn down non-essential personnel and family members of diplomatic staff only. Essential diplomatic and consular staff remain. There are no plans to withdraw staff from the Embassy of Ireland in Kyiv at this time.
The Department is in ongoing direct contact with Irish families scheduled to travel to Ukraine for surrogacy purposes and will continue to provide advice and assistance.
We continue to call on Russia to de-escalate, abide by international law and engage constructively in dialogue. Recent high-level discussions are welcome. These now need to translate into immediate, tangible actions and a commitment to dialogue.
11 February 2022