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Zaluzhnyi to become Ukraine's ambassador to UK

Valerii Zaluzhnyi
Valerii Zaluzhnyi

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has nominated former Commander-in-Chief Valerii Zaluzhnyi to be Ukraine's ambassador to the UK, Ukrainian Foreign Ministry announced on March 7.

Zaluzhnyi’s appointment now needs to be approved by the UK government, although London is unlikely to object.

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The ambassadorship has been vacant since July 21, 2023, when Zelenskyy dismissed Vadym Prystaiko from the position. Prystaiko had served as the ambassador since July 2020.

Prystaiko previously said that the ambassadorial posting to London had been offered to individuals of "quite a high level." According to him, ambassadors are the "generals of the diplomatic service" and a "scarce commodity."

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Former Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov was also rumored to have been offered the posting in the past.

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In the run-up to Zaluzhnyi’s resignation in February, Ukrainian journalists reported that the general was offered to serve as the ambassador to the UK, but at the time he declined in favor of remaining in the Ukrainian military.

On Feb. 8, Zelenskyy announced that Zaluzhnyi was stepping down as Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, succeeded by the Commander of the Ground Forces, Oleksandr Syrskyi.

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