New British Ambassador to Ukraine Melinda Simmons has arrived in Kyiv and handed over the copies of her credentials to Deputy Foreign Minister of Ukraine Olena Zerkal. “New British Ambassador Melinda Simmons has handed over copies of her credentials to Deputy Foreign Minister of Ukraine Olena Zerkal,” the British Embassy said on Twitter.
The press service of the Foreign Ministry of Ukraine, in turn, reported that Simmons reaffirmed the unchanged position of the UK government regarding political and practical support for Ukraine, primarily in the issue of resolving the situation in Donbas caused by Russian aggression.
The UK is determined to expand and diversify its technical assistance programs for Ukraine with a particular emphasis on the development of regions suffering from Russian aggression, Simmons said.
British Ambassador to Ukraine Judith Gough will complete her diplomatic mission in the coming days.
“Thank you Ukraine for four bright years! I learned a lot and had the honor to meet and collaborate with many impressive people. I am especially grateful to my amazing team. I am very sad to leave, but this is not a farewell … see you!” wrote Gough on her Twitter account on Thursday.
The diplomat also recorded a video in which she summed up the results of her diplomatic mission in Ukraine, and also recalled the most memorable events that occurred during her cadence.
The British Embassy, in turn, noted that Gough is completing her diplomatic mission in Ukraine “the other day.”