Putin’s war calls for US embassy security guard in Kyiv

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The U.S. Embassy in Kyiv announced this week that a bodyguard who took time off from his post at the embassy had died fighting Russian forces in Ukraine.

“The U.S. Embassy in Kyiv mourns the loss of our dear colleague Volodymyr, who took time off from his job as an embassy bodyguard to join the military and defend Ukraine,” the statement said. embassy in a statement on Twitter. “We will never forget his caring spirit, dedication and bravery. Our deepest condolences go out to his family and friends.”

Ukrainian soldiers celebrate at a checkpoint in Bucha, on the outskirts of kyiv, Ukraine, Sunday, April 3, 2022.
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Ukrainian soldiers celebrate at a checkpoint in Bucha, on the outskirts of kyiv, Ukraine, Sunday, April 3, 2022.
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AMERICAN KILLED IN FIGHT AGAINST RUSSIA IN UKRAINE

The embassy did not release details surrounding the victim’s death or his full name. Fox News could not immediately reach the State Department for comment.

The US Embassy in Kyiv said a bodyguard named Volodymyr was killed during the war in Ukraine.

The US Embassy in Kyiv said a bodyguard named Volodymyr was killed during the war in Ukraine.
(U.S. Embassy Kyiv)

The announcement comes just days after the United States said it would seek to join other countries in officially reopening its embassy operations in Ukraine.

Reports surfaced this week suggesting that Washington would gradually return its personnel to Ukraine after posting in Poland after Putin’s invasion.

But embassy staff will relocate to Lviv, a western city about two hours from the Polish border, instead of returning directly to the Ukrainian capital.

Some lawmakers on the Hill pushed the administration to reopen the embassy to “symbolically affirm” Washington’s commitment to Ukraine.

About 20 other nations have resumed diplomatic missions in Kyiv after Russia withdrew from the capital last month.

Ukrainian soldiers recover the remains of four civilians killed inside a charred vehicle in Bucha, on the outskirts of kyiv, Ukraine, Tuesday, April 5, 2022.

Ukrainian soldiers recover the remains of four civilians killed inside a charred vehicle in Bucha, on the outskirts of kyiv, Ukraine, Tuesday, April 5, 2022.
(AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

MOSCOW THREATENS TO HIT kyiv WITH LONG-RANGE MISSILE IF IT ATTACKS RUSSIAN SOIL

Russia renewed its threats on kyiv earlier this week when it said it would not hesitate to target the city with long-range weapons if its supply lines came under attack.

“As we warned, the Russian Armed Forces are ready around the clock to carry out retaliatory strikes with long-range smart weapons against decision-making centers in kyiv,” the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement on Wednesday. a statement.

The Defense Ministry added that it would have no qualms about hitting Western officials who are in kyiv to provide it with assistance.

Ukrainians hold a banner as they take part in a rally to thank Britain for supplying arms to Ukraine, outside the British Embassy in Kyiv, Ukraine, January 21.

Ukrainians hold a banner as they take part in a rally to thank Britain for supplying arms to Ukraine, outside the British Embassy in Kyiv, Ukraine, January 21.
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“Subjects of one of the Western countries, present in the Ukrainian decision-making centers in Kyiv as advisers, will not necessarily be a problem for Russia in the decision-making of reprisals,” the ministry warned.

Despite US reservations about reopening its embassy in Kyiv, other global partners, including the UK, European Union, Netherlands and France, have all said they will resume operations in the capital. .

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