- The diplomat was recently criticized for statements in defense of Ukrainian nationalist leader Stepan Bandera
- Melnik was ambassador to Berlin for eight years. Ambassadors usually serve for four years, with a maximum of six years – Bild notes
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On Monday, the website of the German newspaper “Bild” wrote the following: Citing several sources in Kyiv, Melnik may leave Germany and return to Ukraine by the fall. Bild claimed that there are plans in Kyiv for Melnik to leave his post as ambassador in Berlin and move to the headquarters of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry, where he will become deputy foreign minister.
Melnik’s move from Berlin to Kyiv will not be interpreted as his separation. One thing is for sure: Melnik was ambassador to Berlin for eight years and even survived a change of president from Petro Poroshenko to Volodymyr Zelensky. Ambassadors usually perform their functions for four years, up to six years – we read in “Belda”.
Melnik, 46, is Ukraine’s ambassador to West Germany for eight years. The diplomat was recently criticized for statements in defense of Ukrainian nationalist leader Stepan Bandera.
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“The opinion expressed by the Ukrainian ambassador to Germany, Andrei Melnik, in an interview with the German journalist is his own and does not reflect the position of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry,” the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry wrote. It is a reaction to the words of Melnik who defended Stepan Bandera and the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists responsible for the Volyn massacre.
“We are convinced that relations between Ukraine and Poland are now at their peak. Ukraine thanks Poland for its unprecedented support in the fight against Russian aggression. There are no issues that divide us, because both Kyiv and Warsaw share a full understanding of the need to maintain unity in the face of common challenges. The opinion expressed by the Ukrainian ambassador to Germany, Andrei Melnik, in an interview with the German journalist is his own and does not reflect the position of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry. Statement issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine.
This came in reaction to the words of the Ukrainian ambassador in Berlin, Andrei Melnik, who spoke to German journalist Tello Young. He was asked, inter alia, to Stepan Bandera and the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists, responsible for the Volhynia massacre, that is, the genocide perpetrated on Poles in Volhynia during World War II.
Melnik said Ukrainians were persecuted in the Second Republic of Poland “in a way that is hard to imagine”. He said that Poland was for the Ukrainians at that time “the same enemy of Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union.”
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