Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky has dismissed Kyiv’s ambassador to India, Germany, Norway, Czech Republic and Hungary, according to the presidential website.
No reason was immediately given for the move. It was also not immediately clear if the envoys would be handed new jobs.
Zelensky has urged his diplomats to cobble up international support and military aid for Ukraine as it tries to fend off Russia’s February 24 invasion.
Ukraine’s ties with Germany have been shaky especially over a German-made turbine undergoing maintenance in Canada. Germany – Europe’s biggest economy that is heavily dependent on Russian energy supplies– wants Ottawa to return the turbine to Russian natural gas giant Gazprom to pump gas to Europe.
Kyiv, on the other hand, has requested Canada to keep the turbine, saying that shipping it to Russia would be a violation of sanctions imposed on Moscow.