Washington (CNN)Bill Taylor, who led the US embassy in Ukraine and served as a key witness inside the House impeachment inquiry, has departed his publish.
In his six months as value d’affaires in Kiev, Taylor twice testified as part of the House probe into President Donald Trump, providing damning testimony about an alleged quid skilled quo with Ukraine. He moreover remained a vocal advocate of sustaining US assist for the nation, notably amid ongoing Russian aggression
In a farewell message posted on New Yr’s Eve, Taylor careworn the US’ “strong assist” for Ukraine and voiced optimism in regards to the nation.
“The time since June has been a great one, it’s an thrilling time to be in Ukraine,” Taylor said. “This has been a very good time for me to be proper right here and will probably be an excellent time going forward.”
Inside the message, Taylor well-known that he knew when he arrived that he might be inside the publish “for a restricted time interval.”
The embassy launched Thursday that Deputy Chief of Mission Kristina Kvien had taken over the place of value d’affaires.
“Whereas the embassy’s administration is altering, our protection of strong assist for Ukraine stays common,” Kvien said in a video message posted Thursday. “Our embassy employees will proceed to affiliate intently with the Ukrainian authorities and civil society in assist of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and in assist of reforms which will help Ukraine assemble its prosperous European future.”
Taylor’s departure comes a day sooner than Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was slated to succeed in inside the Ukrainian capital metropolis. That go to was postponed on Wednesday “due to the need for the Secretary to be in Washington, D.C., to proceed monitoring the continued state of affairs in Iraq,” in accordance with a press launch from State Division spokesperson Morgan Ortagus.
Taylor obtained right here out of retirement to deal with the place of prime diplomat in June after Amb. Marie Yovanovitch’s sudden eradicating from Kiev. It was a publish he took with hesitation, he revealed in his House impeachment testimony, noting issues there was “a snake pit in Kiev and a snake pit proper right here, and (he) was not sure that (he) may usefully serve in that context.” Sources knowledgeable CNN in December that his appointment was set to expire this month, and though there have been strategies the State Division may need tried to extend his maintain in Kiev, corresponding to giving him a particular title, there was no effort to take motion.
The Trump administration has not launched a nominee for ambassador to Ukraine.