Oleksij Makejev takes over the representation of Kiev in Germany

Andriy Melnyk will resign as Ukrainian ambassador in Berlin on October 14. Now his successor is officially known: Oleksij Makejev will represent Kyiv in Germany in the future. Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier gave him the agrément for this, as reported by the “Welt am Sonntag”, among others.

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The fact that Makejev should become ambassador had been discussed for a long time. He worked for many years as political director at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Kyiv. There has not yet been any official confirmation of his appointment.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy recalled Melnyk from his post in mid-July. Shortly before, the diplomat had caused criticism with statements about the controversial Ukrainian nationalist Stepan Bandera, whom historians had accused of collaboration with the Nazis and shared responsibility for the murder of Poles and Jews in World War II – not only in Germany, but above all in Poland .

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Selenskyj dismisses Melnyk as ambassador to Germany

There has long been speculation about an end to his activities in Germany. Now the Ukrainian President has ordered the ambassador’s dismissal.

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Melnyk controversial for criticism of German Ukraine policy

Melnyk is controversial because of his harsh criticism of the government’s Ukraine policy. In retrospect, however, he considers his leadership to be correct. “If I had stayed quietly and politely in Berlin during the last very dramatic months, this powerful discussion about – first missing, then insufficient – German arms deliveries to Ukraine would perhaps not have taken place as it did in the first months after the beginning of the war was,” he told the dpa in August.

Recommendation for new ambassador

He recommends a dual strategy to his successor. “He would have to be accepted as a diplomat as soon as possible, i.e. be nice and friendly, in order to win new sympathy for Ukraine, especially in view of the war weariness and this exaggerated debate about a cold winter,” said Melnyk.

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“On the other hand, I believe that he cannot avoid being uncomfortable and edgy and constantly challenging the sluggish German political elite.” to find”.

Kretschmer discharged from Ukraine: “You are not wanted”

The outgoing Ukrainian ambassador Andriy Melnyk has invited the Prime Minister of Saxony, Michael Kretschmer, to visit Ukraine.

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Melnyk wants to comment further

Melnyk himself would like to continue to comment on government policy in his new position. “Of course I would be happy if I was asked for more advice, even if I can’t necessarily be responsible for relations with the Federal Republic in day-to-day business,” he said. “Regardless of what position I may hold in the capital, I would like to be able to continue to express my personal view of Ukraine’s Germany policy in the future – and I hope that my opinion will be heard.”

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