Zelensky sacks ambassadors to India, 4 other nations

New York: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky dismissed several of Kyiv’s senior envoys abroad, including India’s, according to the presidential website.

In a decree that gave no reason for the move, he announced the sacking of Ukraine’s ambassadors to India, Germany, the Czech Republic, Norway, and Hungary.

It was not immediately clear if the envoys would be handed new jobs. Zelensky has urged his diplomats to drum up international support and military aid for Ukraine as it tries to fend off Russia’s Feb. 24 invasion.

Kyiv’s relations with Germany, which is heavily reliant on Russian energy supplies and also Europe’s biggest economy, are particularly sensitive.

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.

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