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Newsline: Poland’s president sacks ambassador to Ukraine

Poland’s President Andrzej Duda has dismissed Polish Ambassador to Ukraine Jan Piekło as of January 31, 2019. Piekło has been head of the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Kyiv since 2016. According to Special Envoy of the President of Poland, Secretary of State at the President’s Chancellery Krzysztof Szczerski, the dismissal of the ambassador, which took place based on the motion submitted by Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz, “has nothing to do with the assessment of Polish-Ukrainian relations.” “The rank of the Polish representation in Kyiv is planned to be increased. I hope the Ukrainian side will quickly accept a successor, and then this change will be smooth,” he said.



Newsline: Israeli ambassador ‘shocked’ at Ukraine’s honoring of Nazi collaborator

In an unusual move, Israel’s ambassador to Ukraine protested a local region’s honoring of a collaborator with Nazi Germany. Ambassador Joel Lion condemned the Lviv region’s decision to name 2019 the year of Stepan Bandera in a statement he published. Lion wrote that he is “shocked” by the recent decision. “I cannot understand how the glorification of those directly involved in horrible antisemitic crimes helps fight antisemitism and xenophobia,” he wrote. Lviv already has a large statue of Bandera, who collaborated for a time with Nazi forces that occupied what is now Ukraine and is believed to have commanded troops that killed thousands of Jews. Kiev and several other cities have streets named for him. Bandera was assassinated by a KGB agent in Munich in 1959.


Newsline: Hungary Expels Ukrainian Consul in Tit-For-Tat Retaliation

Hungary is expelling a Ukrainian consul in retaliation against Ukraine’s expulsion of a Hungarian consul, Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó announced. Earlier, Ukraine’s foreign ministry declared a Hungarian consul serving in Beregszász (Berehove) persona non grata and ordered him to leave the country within 72 hours. Hungary and Ukraine have been locked in a diplomatic row over dual citizenship ever since hidden camera footage showing the Hungarian consul conducting a Hungarian naturalisation ceremony for Ukrainian citizens at the consulate appeared online. Szijjártó stressed that Hungary will continue to block Ukraine’s aspirations to join NATO and the EU. He told a press conference that the foreign ministry had summoned Ukraine’s ambassador to Hungary and told her that a consul working at the embassy would have to leave Hungary within 72 hours.


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.


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.”


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.


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.