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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

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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

Newsline: Ukraine Ambassador’s mobile phone snatched while taking pictures in India

Ambassador of Ukraine Igor Polikha’s mobile phone was allegedly snatched near Red Fort. The police have begun a probe into the matter. Around 9:15am, Mr. Polikha was clicking photographs using his mobile phone when an unidentified man appeared, snatched his phone and fled the spot, the police said on Friday. The Ambassador was alone at the time of the incident, with his driver waiting for him a kilometre away. Mr. Polikha immediately approached the police after which the case was registered and teams were formed to nab the alleged snatcher. “We have some clues and several teams have been formed. We’ll solve the case soon,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police (North) Jatin Narwal.

http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Delhi/ukraine-ambassadors-mobile-phone-snatched-while-taking-pictures/article19734388.ece

Newsline: Ex-U.S. Ambassador to NATO Volker Named Envoy for Ukraine Crisis

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson appointed Kurt Volker, a former ambassador to NATO and National Security Council director, to be special representative for Ukraine as the U.S. looks for new ways to break a deadlock with Russia over the three-year conflict there. Volker will “coordinate all State Department efforts to bring a resolution to the conflict created when Russia invaded Crimea and later eastern Ukraine,” Tillerson spokesman R.C. Hammond said in a statement. The appointment was announced hours before President Donald Trump was set to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of the Group of 20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, with the Ukraine crisis expected to be a topic of discussion. Tillerson will also visit Ukraine for a few hours on July 9 to meet President Petro Poroshenko before traveling to Turkey and then Kuwait.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-07-07/ex-u-s-ambassador-to-nato-volker-named-envoy-for-ukraine-crisis

Newsline: Explosion Hits US Embassy In Ukraine

Ukrainian authorities say a device has exploded in the U.S. Embassy compound in central Kyiv, causing no casualties. The blast hit the embassy located in the Shevchenkovsky district at around midnight, police said on June 8. “Investigators found that an unknown person threw an explosive device onto the grounds of the diplomatic mission,” a statement said, adding that a criminal case had been opened to look into the incident. There was no immediate comment from the U.S. Embassy.

https://www.rferl.org/a/ukraine-u-s-embassy-explosion-kyiv/28535162.html

Newsline: Czech President, Foreign Ministry disagree on work of Embassy in Kiev

The Foreign Ministry backed the Czech Embassy in Kiev in reaction to President Milos Zeman’s criticism of its work on Saturday in connection with the applications of Volhynian Czechs for repatriation. The ministry’s spokeswoman Johana Grohová said the ministry has no trustworthy information that would challenge the work of the embassy. Zeman said on Saturday he is deeply dissatisfied with the embassy’s work in connection with the Volhynain Czechs. He said the embassy does not have a good attitude toward them. Czech ambassador to Ukraine Ivan Pocuch told iDNES.cz server he only learned about the repatriation applications from media and meetings with Czech representatives. The Foreign Ministry said if there were any information about the embassy’s mistakes and if it were confirmed, it would take corresponding steps. It added it closely monitors the situation in Ukraine.

http://www.praguepost.com/czech-news/41925-formin-backs-embassy-in-kiev

Newsline: US Envoy to Ukraine Accused of Posting Fake Images on Twitter

US Ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt was accused of posting unverified images on his Twitter feed Monday, as he was showing off the ongoing US-Kiev military exercises in Ukraine. Ambassador Pyatt first uploaded a picture of US and Ukrainian troops, which he said was taken in the morning at the military exercises in Western Ukraine. Internet users quickly pointed out that the photo had already been published as early as July 31, RT reported. The ambassador then posted a picture of a German tank allegedly taking part in the drills. His tweet said that the Leopard 2 tank is taking part in Rapid Trident exercises near Lvov. However, Twitter users found out that the posted image was actually taken from a YouTube video uploaded nearly one year ago – in October 2013. UK journalist and RT contributor Graham Phillips called Pyatt out on Twitter, calling the ambassador a “liar” for posting old photographs. This is not the first time ambassador Pyatt has been caught in a controversy over Ukraine’s internal affairs.

http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13930625000636