United States Ambassador to Ukraine

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Ambassador of the United States to Ukraine
Посол Сполучених Штатів в Україні
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Incumbent
Geoffrey R. Pyatt[1]

since July 30, 2013
Nominator Barack Obama
Inaugural holder Roman Popadiuk
as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
Formation May 11, 1992
Website U.S. Embassy - Kyiv

The history of Ambassadors of the United States to Ukraine began in 1992.

Until 1991 the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic had been a constituent SSR of the Soviet Union. Upon the breakup of the USSR, the parliament of Ukraine declared the nation’s independence on August 24, 1991. On December 1, 1991, the people of Ukraine voted to approve the declaration by a wide margin.

The United States recognized Ukraine on December 26, 1991 and the U.S. embassy in Kiev was established January 23, 1992, with Jon Gundersen as Chargé d’Affaires ad interim. The first ambassador was commissioned in May 1992.

The U.S. Embassy in Ukraine is located in Kiev.

Ambassadors[edit]

U.S. diplomatic terms


Career FSO
After 1915, The United States Department of State began classifying ambassadors as career Foreign Service Officers (FSOs) for those who have served in the Foreign Service for a specified amount of time.

Political appointee
A person who is not a career foreign service officer, but is appointed by the president (often as a reward to political friends).

Appointed
The date that the ambassador took the oath of office; also known as “commissioning”. It follows confirmation of a presidential appointment by the Senate, or a Congressional-recess appointment by the president. In the case of a recess appointment, the ambassador requires subsequent confirmation by the Senate.

Presented credentials
The date that the ambassador presented his letter of credence to the head of state or appropriate authority of the receiving nation. At this time the ambassador officially becomes the representative of his country. This would normally occur a short time after the ambassador’s arrival on station. The host nation may reject the ambassador by not receiving the ambassador’s letter, but this occurs only rarely.

Terminated mission
Usually the date that the ambassador left the country. In some cases a letter of recall is presented, ending the ambassador’s commission, either as a means of diplomatic protest or because the diplomat is being reassigned elsewhere and replaced by another envoy.

Chargé d'affaires
The person in charge of the business of the embassy when there is no ambassador commissioned to the host country. See chargé d'affaires.

Ad interim
Latin phrase meaning "for the time being", "in the meantime". See ad interim.
  • Name: William Green Miller – Political appointee
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointed: September 16, 1993
    • Presented credentials: October 21, 1993
    • Terminated mission: Left post January 6, 1998
  • Name: Steven Pifer – Career FSO
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointed: November 10, 1997
    • Presented credentials: Unknown
    • Terminated mission: Left post October 9, 2000
  • Name: Carlos Pascual – Career FSO
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointed: September 15, 2000
    • Presented credentials: October 22, 2000
    • Terminated mission: Left post May 1, 2003
  • Name: John E. Herbst – Career FSO
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointed: July 1, 2003
    • Presented credentials: September 20, 2003
    • Terminated mission: May 26, 2006
  • Name: William B. Taylor, Jr. – Career FSO
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointed: May 30, 2006
    • Presented credentials: June 21, 2006
    • Terminated mission: May 2009[2]
  • Name: John F. Tefft[3] – Career FSO
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary[4]
    • Appointed: November 20, 2009[2]
    • Presented credentials: December 7, 2009[4]
    • Terminated mission: July 30, 2013[citation needed]
  • Name: Geoffrey R. Pyatt[5][1] – Career FSO
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointed: July 30, 2013[5]
    • Presented credentials: August 15, 2013[1]
    • Terminated mission: Incumbent

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