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New US ambassador arrives in Ukraine

Marie Yovanovitch has replaced Geoffrey Pyatt.

New US ambassador arrives in Ukraine
Marie Yovanovitch
Photo: Armenia.usembassy.gov

Newly-appointed US ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch on 23 August presented her credentials to Deputy Ukrainian Foreign Minister Vadym Prystayko, who is also the head of the ministry's apparatus.

"At the meeting, the sides marked a high level of relations between Ukraine and the USA and the importance of their further development in all sectors, in particular in security and economy. The sides exchanged opinions on the current status and prospects of the Minsk process and discussed bilateral cooperation within the framework of the UN," the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

Yovanovitch said that the US-Ukrainian relations reached a quality new level and that the USA intended to continue helping Ukraine in protecting its territorial integrity, holding reforms and fighting corruption.

On 18 August, previous US ambassador Geoffrey Pyatt left Ukraine, having completed his three-year tenure. He was put in charge of the embassy in Greece.

Earlier Yovanovitch served as the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs and before that as the bureau’s Deputy Assistant Secretary responsible for issues related to the Nordic, Baltic, and Central European countries. 

In 2003-2004, Ambassador Yovanovitch was the Senior Advisor to the Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs. Prior to that, she was the Deputy Chief of Mission of the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv, Ukraine