Dismissals of Ukrainian ambassadors to Germany, Norway, Czech Republic, Hungary and India— this is part of the rotation of personnel, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky said in an address to the nation, which is published on his website.
“Today I signed decrees on the dismissal of several ambassadors of Ukraine. This rotation— a normal part of diplomatic practice,»— he said.
Zelensky added that new ambassadors will soon be appointed to all these countries, candidates for these positions are already being selected by the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry.
Zelensky dismissed the ambassadors of Ukraine to Germany, Hungary, Norway, the Czech Republic and India (the latter served as an ambassador to the Maldives, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh) on the evening of July 9. Ukrainian Ambassador to Berlin Andriy Melnyk has been in office for eight years. He gained notoriety after harsh remarks against the German authorities.
In particular, in May, Melnik called German Chancellor Olaf Scholz an “insulted liverwurst”; after he called Kyiv's refusal to receive German President Frank Walter Steinmeier an obstacle to his visit to Ukraine. He called “sluggish” Germany's support for Ukraine and said that Scholz lacked “imagination and courage”; and claims that many Germans would like to have an “active chancellor.”
At the end of June, Melnik said that he visited the grave of Ukrainian nationalist Stepan Bandera in Munich, as he, in his opinion, is important for Ukrainians as “the personification of the struggle for freedom.” The Israeli Embassy in Germany responded that Melnik's words “distort historical facts, diminish the significance of the Holocaust and insult the memory of those killed by Bandera and his people.” Economist Articles Pro There is a shortage of strong managers in Russia. What are the areas where leaders are needed? Where it will lead What assets are still interesting? Articles Pro How to protect the skin from the sun: detailed instructions from a dermatologist Step-by-step instructions Instructions Pro The supplier significantly raised prices: when you can argue with him Instructions
A few days before Melnyk's dismissal, the German tabloid Bild wrote, citing its own sources, that the ambassador could become deputy head of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry.
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