Ukraine’s Volodymyr Zelenskyy has sacked his UK ambassador, days after he criticised the president on Sky Information.
Vadym Prystaiko was dismissed this morning, simply over three years to the day since he was given the job in London.
A diplomatic supply instructed the PA information company Mr Prystaiko had been fired after publicly criticising Mr Zelenskyy.
Talking to Sky Information’ Kay Burley final week, he labelled the president’s “sarcastic” response to calls for he exhibits extra gratitude for Western assist as unhealthy.
Zelenskyy’s spat with Wallace
It got here after UK Defence Secretary Ben Wallace appeared to show frustration with Mr Zelenskyy’s continued requests for more military aid.
“The UK will not be an ‘Amazon’ supply service for weapons to Ukraine,” he quipped at a NATO summit in Lithuania.
Mr Zelenskyy later mentioned: “How else can we present our gratitude?
“We will get up within the morning and thank the minister. Let him write to me and inform me the best way to thank him.”
Zelenskyy’s response ‘not wholesome’
Mr Prystaiko distanced himself from his president’s response throughout his interview with Kay Burley.
“I consider it was responded by slightly little bit of sarcasm,” he mentioned. “I do not consider that this sarcasm is wholesome.
“We do not have to indicate the Russians that now we have one thing between us.
“They need to know that we’re working collectively.
“If a problem occurs, Ben [Wallace] can name me and inform me every little thing he desires.”
Prystaiko’s lengthy profession in politics
In addition to being sacked as UK ambassador, Mr Prystaiko has been eliminated as Ukraine’s consultant to the Worldwide Maritime Group.
Earlier than being appointed to London in July 2020, he spent 20 years working in Kyiv’s overseas coverage unit.
He has labored in embassies and consulates all over the world, together with in Australia, Canada, and the US, and was Ukraine’s head of mission for NATO in 2017.
Mr Prystaiko has additionally served as his president’s overseas coverage adviser and deputy chief of workers.