Zelenskyy fires ambassador of Ukraine to Kazakhstan after comments about killing Russians
Ambassador of Ukraine to Kazakhstan Petro Vrublevskyy (Photo:Embassy of Ukraine in Kazakhstan/Facebook)
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy dismissed the Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of Ukraine to Kazakhstan, Petro Vrublevskyy, on Oct. 18 in the wake of comments he made about Ukrainians killing Russians.
“Dismiss Petro Yuriyovych Vrublevskyy from the post of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ukraine to the Republic of Kazakhstan,” the decree № 723/2022 dated Oct. 18 reads.
In an interview with Kazakh blogger Dias Kuzairov on Aug. 21, the ambassador of Ukraine said: “We’re trying to kill more of them. The more Russians we kill now, the less our children will have to kill.”
After that, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan summoned Vrublevsky and expressed a protest to him. Later, the ambassador of Ukraine apologized for his words.
Russia demanded that Kazakhstan expel the diplomat, but Astana asked Kyiv to replace him, saying such comments were unacceptable for a country with a large Russian minority.
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