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Ukrainian ambassador ousted

Havashi forced to leave in the wake of smuggling scandal involving embassy staff

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko(Source: AP/TASR)

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko dismissed Oleh Havashi from the post of the country’s ambassador to Slovakia on June 4, the TASR newswire reported, citing the president’s official website.

Havashi's departure follows the scandal of a husband of former first secretary of the Ukrainian Embassy in Slovakia, Oksana Lischyshyn, who was trying to smuggle cigarettes under diplomatic coverage. He tried to smuggle contraband of almost 60,000 packages of cigarettes as diplomatic mail from Ukraine to Hungary, the Ukrainian daily Evropeiska Pravda informed on its website on May 23, citing information published on the official website of the head of Zakarpattia Regional State Administration Hennadiy Moskal.

Read also: Read also:Ukrainian MFA confirms ‘cigarette scandal’

Though Havashi was not directly involved in the scandal, he is fully responsible for what happens at the embassy. Moreover, according to the daily, he had been serving in the post longer than usual, since September 2010, TASR wrote.

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