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Newsline: Russia’s Ambassador to Ukraine Fired

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree to release Mikhail Zubarov from his post as ambassador to Ukraine on Thursday, according to a message on the Kremlin’s website. Zubarov was Russia’s ambassador to Ukraine since 2009, having previously served as a presidential advisor. His firing was part of a significant governmental reshuffling in Russia on Thursday. According to some reports, Zubarov appealed to Vladimir Putin on several occasions to be released from his position in Kiev, especially after the Maidan Revolution in 2014. The Russian Foreign Ministry stated that Sergey Toporov will serve in Kiev as Russia’s charge d’affaires until a new ambassador is appointed



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