: Putin dismisses Russian ambassador to Ukraine

13:51 Jul. 28, 2016

Putin dismisses Russian ambassador to Ukraine

Russian Ambassador to Ukraine Mikhail Zurabov arrives to take part in talks in Minsk, Belarus, Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015 (AP photo)

Media names possible candidate to replace Mikhail Zurabov 

Russia's President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree to relieve Mikhail Zurabov of his duties as Russia's Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Ukraine.

Zurabov, former Minister of Health and Social Development, was appointed ambassador of Russia to Ukraine in August 2009, replacing former Prime Minister Viktor Chernomyrdin.

Russian RBC news outlet, referring to its own sources in the Kremlin, reports that Zurabov may be replaced by the current presidential envoy to the Volga federal district Mikhail Babich.

Babich - comes from Russia's security forces, he served in the Airborne Troops as well as KGB troops, and also headed the Antey corporation in Moscow.

For a short time Babich was the assistant head of the Border Service of the FSB [Federal Security Service]. From 2003 till 2011 he was a deputy of the State Duma.

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