German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier has accepted the credentials of new Ukraine’s new ambassador to the country, Oleksii Makeiev, German Newspaper Die Welt reported on Sept. 3.
The German Federal Foreign Office and the Embassy of Ukraine in Berlin both confirmed this, Die Welt wrote.
Makeiev replaces the long-serving Ukrainian Ambassador to Germany Andriy Melnyk, who held the post for almost eight years. Ukrainian ambassadors normally serve in one nation for between four and six years.
Die Welt wrote that Melnyk is to take up a new position at Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry on his return from Germany. His transfer should be complete by mid-October, 2022.
Makeiev, the incoming ambassador, is currently a special representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, focused on sanctions. Having been in the diplomatic service since 1996, Makeiev has worked in Berlin before, as well as in Bern, Switzerland.
Furthermore, he is a member of the Yermak-McFaul international expert group advising Ukraine on recommendations for sanctions against Russia.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy announced Melnyk was being dismissed as Ukraine’s ambassador to Germany on July 9.
At the time, German tabloid Bild wrote that an employee of the Ukrainian government had told it that Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry suggested to President Zelenskyy that Melnyk take up a senior position in the ministry.
It was noted that Melnyk was highly respected in Kyiv for his work in Germany, and that sources close the situation told Bild that they didn’t believe that the ambassador’s move from Berlin to Kyiv would be perceived as a demotion.
After Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, Melnyk sharply criticized the German government and Chancellor Olaf Scholz for delaying the supply of promised weapons to Ukraine.