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Newsline: 400-plus Russian diplomats expelled worldwide over Ukraine

Over 400 Russian diplomats have been expelled from at least 20 countries over the invasion of Ukraine, as nations in Europe and beyond respond to reports of hundreds of civilian bodies left near Kyiv following a retreat by Russian forces. In total, 443 diplomats had been or were set to be expelled as of April 8, according to the Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Forty-five were in neighboring Poland, more than in any other country. Slovakia has decided to kick out 38 Russian diplomats, while Slovenia moved to expel 33. Germany and France on April 4 ordered 40 and 35 Russian diplomats to leave, respectively. Japan announced it would expel eight diplomats and officials at the Russian Embassy and its trade delegation, just under 10% of the mission’s total staff. (https://asia.nikkei.com/Politics/Ukraine-war/400-plus-Russian-diplomats-expelled-worldwide-over-Ukraine) In response, Russia declared 45 Polish diplomats personae non gratae, Reuters reported. The Russian foreign ministry has announced plans to retaliate against Japan, according to Russia’s TASS news agency. More than 150 Russian diplomats were expelled from 28 Western countries after a former Russian spy was attacked with a nerve agent in the U.K. in 2018, according to The Economist. The current wave of expulsions, which is already more than double in scale, is “unprecedented,” the publication said.

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