Dmytro Kuleba

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Dmytro Kuleba
Дмитро Кулеба
Дмитро Кулеба 1 (cropped).jpg
Kuleba in 2020
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Assumed office
4 March 2020
PresidentVolodymyr Zelenskyy
Prime MinisterDenys Shmyhal
Preceded byVadym Prystaiko
Deputy Prime Minister
on matters of European relations
In office
29 August 2019 – 4 March 2020
PresidentVolodymyr Zelenskyy
Prime MinisterOleksiy Honcharuk
Preceded byIvanna Klympush-Tsintsadze
Succeeded byVadym Prystaiko
Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the Council of Europe
In office
2016–2019
Preceded byMykola Tochytsky
Succeeded byBorys Tarasyuk[1]
Personal details
Born (1981-04-19) 19 April 1981 (age 41)
Sumy, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union
NationalityUkrainian
Spouse(s)Yevhenia Kuleba
Alma materTaras 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.[2] He is also concurrently a member of the National Defense and Security Council of Ukraine.[3]

Kuleba is one of the youngest senior-diplomats in Ukraine's history.[4] He previously worked as Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration[5] as well as Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the Council of Europe between 2016 and 2019.

Biography

Kuleba greeting U.S. President Joe Biden
, 22 February 2022

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.[6] He called Russian President Vladimir Putin a "war criminal".[7]

Personal life

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.[8][9]

Family

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.[10][11] She is a Kyiv City Council Deputy, Secretary of the Kyiv City Council Standing Committee on Environmental Policy.

See also

References

  1. ^ Zelensky appoints Tarasyuk Ukraine's envoy to Council of Europe, Ukrinform (24 December 2019)
  2. ^ "Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine - Персона". www.kmu.gov.ua.
  3. ^ THE COMPOSITION OF THE NATIONAL SECURITY AND DEFENSE COUNCIL OF UKRAINE
  4. ^ "Bookforum". bookforum.ua.
  5. ^ "Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine - Parliament approves new Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine". www.kmu.gov.ua.
  6. ^ "Ukraine has upgraded its war aims as confidence grows, says foreign minister". Financial Times. 10 May 2022.
  7. ^ "Ukraine's foreign minister: 'Putin is a war criminal. Russia will feel the consequences for decades'". El País. 24 March 2022.
  8. ^ "Інститут світової політики назвав топ-послів 2017 року". glavcom.ua.
  9. ^ "Сайт знаходиться на реконструкції". iwp.org.ua.
  10. ^ "Yevhenia Kuleba headed the list of "Servants of the People" in the Kyiv City Council elections" (in Ukrainian). Ukrayinska Pravda. 20 September 2020.
  11. ^ "Rada appoints next elections to local self-govt bodies for Oct 25". Interfax-Ukraine. 15 July 2020.

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