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Zaluzhnyi to become ambassador to UK - Process already underway

Zaluzhnyi to become ambassador to UK - Process already underway Valerii Zaluzhnyi, former commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (photo: Getty Images)

The procedure for the appointment of former Ukrainian Armed Forces Commander-in-Chief Valerii Zaluzhnyi as ambassador to the UK has already been launched. The relevant documents are now being processed, reports the President's Office.

"We have now begun the procedures for processing the necessary documents related to the appointment of Zaluzhnyi as Ambassador to the UK. The Minister of Foreign Affairs has submitted a corresponding proposal with such a suggestion. It was supported and approved by the President of Ukraine," the Office of the President said.

According to its representative, after the approval of Zaluzhnyi's candidacy for the post, certain other procedures must take place.

"And after that, the formal end of this story is the presidential decree on the appointment of the relevant candidate as ambassador, which will appear after the British side receives the agrément," he added.

Zaluzhnyi to become ambassador to the UK

On March 7, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine announced that President Volodymyr Zelenskyy had approved Zaluzhnyi's candidacy for the post of ambassador to the UK. Ukraine also asked the British side for an agrément.

As Zelenskyy later explained, working in the diplomatic sector was Zaluzhnyi's wish. After Zaluzhnyi's resignation as chief of staff, the president offered him to stay in the team.

Zaluzhnyi's resignation

On February 8, the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Valeriy Zaluzhnyi, who had been in charge of the army since the beginning of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, resigned. Oleksandr Syrskyi, the commander of the Land Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, was appointed in his place.

The next day, President Volodymyr Zelenskyн awarded former Armed Forces Commander-in-Chief Zaluzhnyi and DIU Chief Kyrylo Budanov the title of Hero of Ukraine.