: President Obama to nominate Marie Yovanovitch for U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine - White House

11:20 May. 19, 2016

President Obama to nominate Marie Yovanovitch for U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine - White House

Marie L. Yovanovitch served as Deputy Chief of mission at the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv, Ukraine.  (AP Photo)

Ms. Yovanovitch was Deputy Chief of U.S. Mission in Ukraine in 2001-2004

Marie L. Yovanovitch is to be nominated for the post of U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine. According to White House press office, Barack Obama announced the names of the inviduals to be appointed on the key administrative positions.

The diplomat is set to replace the current U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt. Holding this post since 2013, after resigning Pyatt will head to Greece.

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Marie L. Yovanovitch, a career member of the Foreign Service, currently serves as Dean of the School of Language Studies at the Department of State's Foreign Service Institute, a position she has held since 2014. The upcoming nomination is set to be her second term of working in Ukraine. Yovanovitch was Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine from 2001 to 2004 with further promotion to the post of U.S. Ambassador to Kyrgyzstan (2005-2008) and later Armenia (2008-2011).

Since joining the Foreign Service in 1986, she has also served at posts in Canada, Russia, Somalia, and the United Kingdom.

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