Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky fired several senior Kyiv ambassadors abroad on Saturday, including those to India, according to the presidential website.
In a decree which gave no reason for this decision, he announced the dismissal of Ukrainian ambassadors to India, Germany, the Czech Republic, Norway and Hungary.
It was not immediately clear whether the envoys would be given new jobs.
Zelensky urged his diplomats to mobilize international support and military aid for Ukraine as it tries to repel the February 24 Russian invasion.
Kyiv’s relations with Germany, which is heavily dependent on Russian energy supplies and also Europe’s largest economy, are particularly sensitive.
Andriy Melnyk, who was appointed by Zelenskiy’s predecessor as ambassador to Germany in late 2014, is well known to politicians and diplomats in Berlin.
The 46-year-old regularly engages in candid exchanges on social media and has branded politicians and intellectuals who oppose arming Ukraine to fight the Russian invasion as appeasers.
He once accused German Chancellor Olaf Scholz of behaving like an “offended liver sausage” when Scholz did not immediately accept an invitation from Zelenskiy to visit Kyiv.
Kyiv and Berlin are currently at odds over a German-made turbine undergoing maintenance in Canada. Germany wants Ottawa to return the turbine to Russian natural gas giant Gazprom to pump gas to Europe.
Kyiv has urged Canada to keep the turbine, saying shipping it to Russia would violate sanctions imposed on Moscow.
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