List of ambassadors of the United States to Ukraine
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.
|Chargé d'Affaires of the United States to Ukraine
Повірений у справах Сполучених Штатів в Україні
Seal of the United States Department of State
|Nominator||The President of the United States|
|Inaugural holder||Roman Popadiuk|
as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
|Formation||May 11, 1992|
|Website||U.S. Embassy – Kyiv|
The United States recognized Ukraine on December 26, 1991, and the U.S. embassy in Kyiv was established on January 23, 1992, with Jon Gundersen as Chargé d'Affaires ad interim. The first ambassador was commissioned in May 1992.
Chiefs of missionEdit
|Name||Type||Title||Appointed||Presented Credentials||Terminated Mission|
|Jon Gundersen||Career FSO||Chargé d'Affaires ad interim||January 23, 1992||May 11, 1992|
|Roman Popadiuk||Career FSO||Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary||May 11, 1992||June 4, 1992||July 30, 1993|
|William Green Miller||Political appointee||Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary||September 16, 1993||October 21, 1993||January 6, 1998|
|Steven Pifer||Career FSO||Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary||November 10, 1997||January 20, 1998||October 9, 2000|
|Carlos Pascual||Career FSO||Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary||September 15, 2000||October 22, 2000||May 1, 2003|
|John E. Herbst||Career FSO||Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary||July 1, 2003||September 20, 2003||May 26, 2006|
|William B. Taylor Jr.||Political appointee||Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary||May 30, 2006||June 21, 2006||May 23, 2009|
|John F. Tefft||Career FSO||Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary||November 20, 2009||December 7, 2009||July 9, 2013|
|Geoffrey R. Pyatt||Career FSO||Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary||July 30, 2013||August 15, 2013||August 18, 2016|
|Marie Yovanovitch||Career FSO||Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary||May 18, 2016||August 29, 2016||May 20, 2019|
|Kristina Kvien||Career FSO||Chargé d'Affaires ad interim||May 28, 2019||June 18, 2019|
|William B. Taylor Jr.||Political appointee||Chargé d'Affaires ad interim||June 18, 2019||January 1, 2020|
|Kristina Kvien||Career FSO||Chargé d'Affaires ad interim||January 1, 2020|
U.S. diplomatic terms
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.
A person who is not a career foreign service officer, but is appointed by the president (often as a reward to political friends).
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 to remain in office.
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.
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.
The person in charge of the business of the embassy when there is no ambassador commissioned to the host country.
Latin phrase meaning "for the time being", "in the meantime".
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- United States Department of State: Background notes on Ukraine
- This article incorporates public domain material from the United States Department of State website https://www.state.gov/countries-areas/ (U.S. Bilateral Relations Fact Sheets).