Ukraine’s ambassador to UK out of a job after criticising Zelenskiy

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Vadym Prystaiko is no longer Ukraine’s ambassador to the UK after he publicly criticised President Volodymyr Zelenskiy over his “sarcasm” during a row about his demands for weapons.

A diplomatic source confirmed to the PA Media news agency that Prystaiko was out of the job on Friday but could not confirm reports he had been sacked by the Ukrainian leader.

It follows a diplomatic spat earlier this month between the UK and Ukraine, after the UK defence secretary, Ben Wallace, said the UK and US were “not Amazon” when it came to Kyiv’s requests for weapons and military equipment.

His remarks prompted anger in Kyiv and put pressure on Downing Street amid an otherwise successful Nato summit.

“I don’t believe this sarcasm is healthy,” Prystaiko suggested publicly last month following Zelenskiy’s comments.

He had been in post in London since July 2020.

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