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US Senate confirms Yovanovitch as new ambassador to Ukraine

She will replace Geoffrey Pyatt.

The US Senate has confirmed diplomat Marie Yovanovitch as the country's new ambassador to Ukraine, the press service of the US Embassy in Ukraine said on 15 July.

US President Barack Obama has reportedly said said he intended to appoint Yovanovitch new ambassador to Ukraine. The incumbent head of the US diplomatic mission in Ukraine, Geoffrey Pyatt, has been nominated by Obama for the post of US ambassador to Greece.

Yovanovitch currently holds the post of Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs. Earlier she held the post of Deputy Chief of Mission of the US Embassy in Kyiv, Ukraine (2001-2004).

On 31 May, Pyatt said that he will work as ambassador in Kyiv for at least a couple more months.

On 1 June, the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry said they received documents for the rotation of the US ambassador in Ukraine.