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Newsline: Ireland to open embassy in Ukraine

Making an official visit to Ireland on June 27-28, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin has reached the agreements on the opening of the Embassy of Ireland in Ukraine. “The visit to Ireland will be remembered for many moments and results… including the agreement on the opening of the Embassy of Ireland in Ukraine,” Klimkin posted on Facebook.

https://www.kyivpost.com/ukraine-politics/ukrinform-ireland-to-open-its-embassy-in-ukraine-soon.html

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Newsline: Libyan Diplomat’s Son Abducted In Kyiv

Police in Kyiv say that officers have been put on alert after the son of a Libyan diplomat was kidnapped in the Ukrainian capital. Kyiv police said that the young man was kidnapped by at least two unknown individuals around noon on June 25. Witnesses told police that a man was taken away in a dark-blue Volkswagen Golf. According to the police, the abducted man is a Libyan national, identified as Abdusalom, who was born in 1992 and is a son of the financial attaché at the Libyan Embassy in Kyiv. An investigation has been launched into what authorities are describing as “illegal deprivation of freedom and kidnapping.”

https://www.rferl.org/a/libyan-diplomat–son-abducted–kyiv/29318600.html

Newsline: Ukraine Embassy in U.S. reacts to Bloomberg map with “neutral” Crimea

The Embassy of Ukraine in the United States has criticized the world map published by Bloomberg where the Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea, was defined as a neutral territory. “Journalism should be correct. Bloomberg Business, don’t play into Russian aggressive games&propaganda! Crimea is temporarily under Russia’s occupation, but it is & will be an integral part of Ukraine’s territory Please, correct the map,” the embassy wrote on Twitter, asking to mark the peninsula with the same color as mainland Ukraine. Earlier, Bloomberg illustrated its article “Emerging Markets Now Face a Political Gauntlet: Elections Guide” of June 21, 2018, with a world map where the Crimean peninsula was marked as neutral territory. Ukrainian Deputy Minister of Information Policy Emine Dzhaparova pointed out the error in her Facebook posting, adding that the ministry was drafting a reaction letter.

https://www.unian.info/society/10162862-ukraine-s-sbu-foils-attempt-to-sell-nuclear-material-photo-video.html

Newsline: Ukrainian diplomat in Germany suspended over anti-Semitic posts

A Ukrainian diplomat in Germany has been suspended and could be recalled, Ukraine’s foreign ministry said, following reports the consul had posted anti-Semitic content on social media. Screenshots shared online claim to show Vasyl Marushchynets, who works at Ukraine’s consulate in Hamburg, blaming Jews for World War II and saying “death to the anti-fascists” on his private Facebook page.

https://www.kyivpost.com/ukraine-politics/reuters-ukrainian-diplomat-germany-suspended-anti-semitic-posts.html

Newsline: Attempted attack rocks Ukrainian embassy in Athens

An attempt was made to attack the Ukrainian embassy in Athens, Greece, with Molotov cocktails, according to Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin. At night, an attempt was made to attack our embassy in Athens with Molotov cocktails. Probably radicals under the influence of Russia. No casualties reported,” he wrote on Twitter. At the same time, according to the minister, Ukraine has agreed with the Greeks on the interaction and round-the-clock protection of the Ukrainian diplomatic mission.

https://www.unian.info/politics/2356607-attempted-attack-rocks-ukrainian-embassy-in-athens.html

Newsline: Ukraine Expels Belarusian Diplomat Amid Spy Scandal

Ukraine has expelled a Belarusian diplomat amid a spy scandal between the two neighboring countries. Ukrainian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maryana Betsa said that a Belarusian diplomat had been declared persona non grata and expelled from Ukraine in response to the Belarusian government’s decision the previous day to expel diplomat Ihor Skvortsov from the Ukrainian Embassy in Minsk. The name of the expelled Belarusian diplomat was not disclosed. Belarusian officials said on November 20 that Skvortsov had been allegedly involved in espionage.

https://www.rferl.org/a/belarus-ukraine-diplomats-expelled-spy-scandal/28868000.html

Newsline: Polish ambassador summoned after Ukrainian official banned from entering Poland

The Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed on Saturday that Ukrainian official Svyatoslav Sheremeta was banned from entering the country. Sheremeta, who is in charge of Ukraine’s Interdepartmental Commemorations Commission, tried to cross the border in Medyka in southeast Poland on Saturday noon with a German visa. According to Elzbieta Pikor, spokeswoman for the local Polish Border Guard, Sheremeta was refused to enter as the register of people who are not welcome in the country. Polish News Agency (PAP) reported that the decision to bar Sheremeta was the result of the Ukrainian Institute of National Remembrance having in April issued a ban on the search and exhumation of remains of Polish war victims on Ukrainian territory. Polish Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski has announced recently that the Polish government intends to revise its policy towards Ukraine over history. He emphasized that people representing anti-Polish views should be banned from entering the country. In relation to Sheremeta’s barring of entry, Polish Ambassador to Ukraine Jan Pieklo was summoned by the government in Kiev to give some explanations.

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-11/19/c_136762916.htm