|Minister of Foreign Affairs|
|Assumed office |
4 March 2020
|Prime Minister||Denys Shmyhal|
|Preceded by||Vadym Prystaiko|
|Deputy Prime Minister|
on matters of European relations
29 August 2019 – 4 March 2020
|Prime Minister||Oleksiy Honcharuk|
|Preceded by||Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze|
|Succeeded by||Vadym Prystaiko|
|Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the Council of Europe|
|Preceded by||Mykola Tochytsky|
|Succeeded by||Borys Tarasyuk|
|Born||19 April 1981|
Sumy, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union
|Alma mater||Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv|
Dmytro Ivanovych Kuleba (Ukrainian: Дмитро Іванович Кулеба; born 19 April 1981 in Sumy, Ukrainian SSR) is a Ukrainian politician, diplomat, and communications specialist, currently serving as Minister of Foreign Affairs. He is also concurrently a member of the National Defense and Security Council of Ukraine.
Kuleba is one of the youngest senior-diplomats in Ukraine's history. He previously worked as Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration as well as Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the Council of Europe between 2016 and 2019.
Kuleba was born on April 19, 1981 in Ukraine's eastern city of Sumy, then part of the Soviet Union. He graduated from the Institute of International Relations of the Taras Shevchenko National University of Ukraine in 2003 and holds a degree of the Candidate of Sciences (PhD equivalent) in International Law.
Kuleba has served in Ukraine's diplomatic service and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs since 2003. In 2013, he abandoned public service citing his disagreement with Ukraine's former president Viktor Yanukovych's course and chaired the UART Foundation for Cultural Diplomacy.
He took active part in the Euromaidan protests in 2013–2014.
At the height of the early stages of the Russian invasion of Ukraine in 2014, Kuleba decided to return to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as Ambassador-at-Large to launch strategic communications. He introduced the concepts of digital diplomacy, strategic communications, cultural diplomacy and public diplomacy into the Ministry’s work.
In 2016, Kuleba was appointed Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the Council of Europe. From August 2019 to March 2020, he was Deputy Prime Minister on matters of European relations. He has served as Minister of Foreign Affairs since 4 March 2020.
On 10 May 2022, Kuleba said that "In the first months" of the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine "the victory for us looked like withdrawal of Russian forces to the positions they occupied before February 24 and payment for inflicted damage. Now if we are strong enough on the military front and we win the battle for Donbas, which will be crucial for the following dynamics of the war, of course the victory for us in this war will be the liberation of the rest of our territories", including Donbas and Crimea. He called Russian President Vladimir Putin a "war criminal".
He wrote a bestseller book The War for Reality. How to Win in the World of Fakes, Truths and Communities (2019) on modern communications, media literacy, and countering disinformation. In December 2017, Kuleba was named the best Ukrainian ambassador of the Year 2017 by the Institute of World Policy.
Kuleba's mother is Yevhenia Kuleba. His father Ivan Kuleba is a career diplomat, a former Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine (2003–2004), as well as Ukraine's ambassador to Egypt (1997–2000), Czech Republic (2004–2009), Kazakhstan (2008–2019), Armenia (since 2019).
Kuleba is married and has two children: Yehor (born 2006) and Liubov (born 2011).
Kuleba's wife Yevhenia was number 1 on the party list for the Kyiv City Council of the party Servant of the People in the 2020 Kyiv local election on October 25, 2020. She is a Kyiv City Council Deputy, Secretary of the Kyiv City Council Standing Committee on Environmental Policy.
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