The United States recognized the independence of Ukraine on December 26, 1991 and opened an Embassy in its capital, Kiev, in January 22, 1992. The U.S. Embassy in Kiev has moved to its new $247 million location in January 2012 on 4.5 hectares of land at 4 Aircraft Designer Igor Sikorsky Street, 04112 Kiev, Ukraine, close to Kiev’s northern outskirts. The U.S. Embassy requested the Kiev City Council to rename Tankova Street in Shevchensky District, after the Ukrainian-born aircraft design engineer Igor Sikorsky. The embassy is a 15 minute walk from the Beresteiska Metro station. Today U.S. Embassy in Kiev is staffed by approximately 181 Americans and more than 560 Ukrainians, representing more than a dozen US Government departments and agencies.