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Newsline: Ukraine summons Belarus diplomat over Crimea

Ukraine’s foreign ministry summoned a senior Belarusian diplomat over the participation of a representative of Crimea’s occupation administration in a Russia-Belarus regional forum, the ministry said. Kyiv’s relations with Moscow deteriorated in 2014 after Russia annexed the Crimea peninsula from Ukraine and backed pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine’s Donbass region. “Ukraine considers inadmissible such unfriendly steps by the Belarusian side, which call into question the affiliation to Ukraine of the Russian-occupied Crimea and Sevastopol,” the ministry said in a statement. (https://www.reuters.com/article/us-belarus-election-ukraine-diplomat/ukraine-summons-belarus-diplomat-over-crimea-idUSKBN26M6K4) The ministry said the Belarusian diplomat reassured Kyiv that Minsk’s official position in support of Ukraine’s territorial integrity had not been changed. Ukraine’s relations with another neighbour, Belarus, soured when Kyiv condemned the Aug. 9 presidential election in Belarus as neither free nor fair.

Newsline: Kyiv Police Probe Deadly Attack on US Embassy Employee

Police in Ukraine’s capital, Kyiv, have launched an investigation into a deadly attack on a U.S. Embassy employee. Police said in a statement Thursday that a woman was found unconscious the previous day with a head wound in a park near a railway line in Kyiv’s Shevchenko district. The woman, whose identity was not disclosed, was rushed to a hospital, where she died hours later, the statement says, adding that documents found in the woman’s purse showed that she was an employee of the U.S. Embassy. (https://www.voanews.com/europe/kyiv-police-probe-deadly-attack-us-embassy-employee) The statement also provided a description of a possible assailant. “[The attacker] may be a man 30-40 years of age, 190-200 centimeters tall, wearing black shorts, dark-blue sneakers and a T-shirt, with dark hair cut short on the sides,” the statement said. The U.S. Embassy in Kyiv said on Twitter September 30 that the victim of the attack was an American citizen.

Newsline: Employee of US embassy in Kiev beaten to death

A woman identified as an employee of the US Embassy in Ukraine died of injuries in a hospital in Kiev, according to the local police. The woman, whose name is spelled in Ukrainian as Sanver Nikaelo, was found by the law enforcement officials in an unconscious state with a head injury near a railway track in a forest park in Kiev, according to a statement issued by the National Police of Ukraine. (https://www.aa.com.tr/en/europe/employee-of-us-embassy-in-kiev-beaten-to-death/1991144) The police are seeking for an alleged attacker, a man between 30 and 40 years old, about 6-foot tall, with short, dark hair, wearing black shorts, dark blue sneakers, and a t-shirt. Investigators are also working at the hospital and at the scene to establish a circle of witnesses.

Newsline: Georgia recalls Ukraine ambassador

Georgia has recalled its ambassador to Ukraine for consultations after Georgia’s former President Mikheil Saakashvili was appointed as a chairman of the Ukrainian Executive Reform Committee, the foreign minister said. “Georgia’s strategic partner’s decision to appoint a person, who is convicted by Georgian courts and prosecuted, raises questions,” David Zalkaliani told reporters on Friday. He said the decision did not mean breaking diplomatic relations between the two countries. (https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/05/georgia-recalls-ukraine-ambassador-saakashvili-appointment-200508083518834.html) In 2018, Georgia convicted Saakashvili of abuse of power and seeking to cover up evidence about the 2005 beating of an opposition member of parliament when he was president – charges the former leader dismissed as politically motivated.

Newsline: U.S. Embassy clarifies work on dangerous pathogens in Ukraine

A coronavirus outbreak in Ukraine has raised the issue of U.S. virus research laboratories that work the country. On April 22, the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine posted an official statement on this issue. “Here in Ukraine, the U.S. Department of Defense’s Biological Threat Reduction Program works with the Ukrainian Government to consolidate and secure pathogens and toxins of security concern in Ukrainian government facilities, while allowing for peaceful research and vaccine development”. “Our joint efforts help to ensure that dangerous pathogens do not fall into the wrong hands,” reads the report. The Embassy says the information mentioned by Kuzmin and Medvedchuk in the inquiry mirrors Russian disinformation. (https://www.unian.info/politics/u-s-embassy-comments-on-lawmakers-inquiry-into-u-s-laboratories-work-in-ukraine-10970450.html) The U.S. Embassy in Ukraine has responded to a request made by lawmakers from the Opposition Platform – For Life parliamentary faction Renat Kuzmin and Viktor Medvedchuk. Recently, the two sent an inquiry to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky about 15 U.S. biological laboratories operating in Ukraine under Pentagon supervision. On April 14, Kuzmin posted a copy of the request on his Facebook page. It says outbreaks of various viruses were recorded during these laboratories’ work in Ukraine, which resulted in deaths. At the same time, the Ukrainian authorities have already found violations in the work of these laboratories that could be the cause of virus leaks, the authors said. In this regard, Kuzmin and Medvedchuk asked Zelensky to explain how these laboratories are financed and how the Ukrainian authorities control them.

Newsline: Ukraine’s Embassy helps people staying in China

Spokesperson of the Foreign Ministry of Ukraine Kateryna Zelenko reported about the work of the Ukrainian diplomats in China on Twitter. “The plane with evacuated citizens flew to Ukraine and the work of our diplomats in China continues. The Embassy of Ukraine in China is in constant communication with the Ukrainians who refused from the evacuation and stayed in Wuhan and other cities,” the message said. (https://112.international/ukraine-top-news/ukraines-embassy-helps-people-staying-in-china-official-48756.html) Zelenko also noted that the citizens of Ukraine, who stay in China for various reasons, get organizational, financial and advisory support from the embassy. 45 Ukrainians and 27 citizens of Argentina were evacuated from Chinese city Wuhan. The plane with the citizens of Ukraine and foreigners evacuated from China landed in Kharkiv.

Newsline: Ukraine’s embassy says citizens to be evacuated from Wuhan in China

Ukraine is preparing to evacuate its citizens from the city of Wuhan in China’s Hubei province on Tuesday by special charter plane to Kiev, a statement from the country’s embassy in China said on Monday. (https://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-health-ukraine/ukraine-preparing-to-evacuate-citizens-from-wuhan-in-china-on-tuesday-embassy-idUSKBN20410P) Returning citizens would be put into mandatory quarantine for two weeks, the statement said. A coronavirus epidemic has killed more than 900 people. China has borne the brunt of the disease with the vast majority of confirmed cases.

Newsline: Foreign Minister apologizes for Ukrainian embassy’s actions in Iran

Foreign Minister of Ukraine Vadym Prystaiko has apologized for the mistake made by the Embassy of Ukraine in Iran soon after the crash of PS752 flight of Ukraine International Airlines (UIA). (https://www.kyivpost.com/ukraine-politics/prystaiko-apologizes-for-ukrainian-embassys-actions-in-iran.html) “As a minister of foreign affairs, I am apologizing for the embassy’s actions. It was their first response in a state of shock which our embassy [employees] experienced having arrived on the site where our people had died, where there were the fragments of the plane, the remains of deceased and so on. The embassy made a slight mistake by issuing the information, which they had received from the Iranian side, without mentioning that it was given by Iran,” he said while speaking at the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine during an hour of questions to the government on Jan. 17.

Newsline: U.S. Ambassador Was Under Surveillance In Ukraine

A lawyer for former U.S. Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch is calling for an investigation after materials released Tuesday night as part of the impeachment inquiry suggested she was under surveillance by individuals linked to President Trump’s personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani. (https://www.npr.org/2020/01/15/796593183/new-lev-parnas-documents-suggest-u-s-ambassador-was-under-surveillance-in-ukrain) That detail was among a trove of documents provided by Giuliani associate Lev Parnas that were made public by the House Intelligence Committee late Tuesday. The House impeached Trump last month for abuse of office and obstruction of Congress, and lawmakers will vote today to send those two articles to the Senate, where a trial is likely to open next week. The records provided by Parnas, who has been indicted in New York for alleged campaign finance violations, add to the evidence already released documenting Giuliani’s efforts to get the new Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, to publicly announce an investigation related to former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden, who had ties to a Ukrainian energy company.

Newsline: Ukraine admits diplomats’ mistake, explaining embassy’s edited report

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs admits that the Ukrainian Embassy in Iran made a mistake in its initial report about the plane crash near Tehran, State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Andriy Zayats told journalists Monday. In the first hours after the UIA flight PS752 crashed shortly after takeoff, the embassy issued a statement claiming that the plane went down as a result of engine failure, adding that the version of terrorist attack and a missile hit were “ruled out.” However, the statement was edited shortly. (Read more on UNIAN: https://www.unian.info/politics/10828490-mfa-ukraine-admits-diplomats-mistake-explaining-embassy-s-edited-report.html) The paragraph ruling out a terror attack and a missile hit has been cut out. Instead, the updated report said: “Information on the causes of the plane crash is being verified by the commission. Any statements regarding the causes of the accident prior to the decision of the commission are unofficial.”