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Gaddafi’s Ukrainian nurse back home and stays silent

Posted by the Editor on February 28, 2011


News / 28 February 2011 | 12:50

Gaddafi's Ukrainian nurse back home and stays silent

Gaddafi’s Ukrainian nurse back home and stays silent

The Ukrainian nurse who allegedly was a vital part of Libyan ruler Muammar Gaddafi’s daily routine remained shuttered away from view after returning home from nine years away working in Libya, the Telegraph.

Galyna Kolotnytska, who US diplomatic cables published by WikiLeaks said was so important to Gaddafi he could not travel without her, appeared not to be shifting from a ground floor apartment in the suburb of Brovary outside Kiev.

Journalists surrounded the 1960s apartment block, creating a rare hive of activity in the otherwise dull suburb 20 miles from Kiev as they hoped to catch sight of the nurse described as a “voluptuous blonde”.

The modest apartment is the home of her mother Iryna as well as her young adult daughter Tetyana.

“Please understand, mum is so tired right now,” Tetyana told waiting reporters. “Let her have some rest.”

Mrs Kolotnytska arrived in Kiev in the early hours of Sunday by plane, along with other Ukrainians who were evacuated from the unrest in Libya, and was immediately hurried by relatives into a car and taken home.

Ukrainian daily Komsomolskaya Pravda earlier reported that it had managed to speak to her mother Iryna, who told its reporter to “go to hell.” “You have slandered and tarnished the reputation of my daughter by saying that she was some kind of lover of Gaddafi.”

Mrs Kolotnytska left Ukraine for Libya nine years ago. She initially worked as a nurse in a hospital and became Gaddafi’s nurse later.

Good salaries meant that Libya became a popular destination for Ukrainian medical workers during the 1990s. Before the current unrest hundreds of Ukrainian nurses and doctors were working in the country.

The diplomatic cables, which were sent by diplomats in Tripoli to US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in 2009, reveal that Gaddafi was almost always accompanied by Kolotnytska.

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