Vadym Prystaiko had been Ukrainian Ambassador to the UK (Kirsty O’Connor/PA) (PA Wire)

Ukraine’s ambassador to UK sacked after Zelensky ‘sarcasm’ row

Vadym Prystaiko had been Ukrainian Ambassador to the UK (Kirsty O’Connor/PA) (PA Wire)

A presidential order, signed by Mr Zelensky and published online on Friday, confirmed the dismissal of the Ukrainian diplomat.

Sam Blewett

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Vadym Prystaiko has been sacked as Ukraine’s ambassador to the UK after he publicly criticised President Volodymyr Zelensky over his “sarcasm” during a row about his demands for weapons.

A presidential order, signed by Mr Zelensky and published online on Friday, confirmed the dismissal of the Ukrainian diplomat from his posting in London.

It follows a diplomatic spat earlier this month between the UK and Ukraine, after Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said that the UK and US were “not Amazon” when it came to Kyiv’s requests for weapons and military equipment.

The remarks prompted anger in Kyiv and put pressure on Downing Street amid an otherwise successful Nato summit.

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