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Dr. Aleksandruk Serves as "Charge de Affairs"
Ukrainian Mission to Mark Ann. of Orange Revolution
Charge de affairs Valerii Aleksandruk of Ukraine in Seoul

Dr. Valerii Aleksandruk, counsellor and deputy head of mission of Ukrainian Embassy in Seoul, started his duty as "charge de affairs" of the Ukranian mission as of Oct. 31, 2005. As multi-lingual particularly as a fluent speaker of both Russian and Japanese, Dr. Aleksandruk began his activities attending diplomatic gatherings in Seoul.

Dr. Aleksandruk will serve his position until the new Ukranian ambassador arrives around the end of December this year or around early January next year, according to the embassy's spokesman Andrii Nikolaienko, third secretary.

On Nov. 11, 2005 Dr. Aleksandruk took part in the Polish National Day reception held at Grand Hyatt Hotel in Seoul, hobnobbing with many local and international folks as well as other diplomats.

As part of his new activities Dr. Aleksandruk will observe the first anniversary of Orange Revolution with people from Ukrainian community in Seoul attending the party to be held at its embassy at noon on Nov. 19, 2005. Scores of Ukrainian people as well as a few local journalists are invited to the party.

Dr. Valerii Aleksandruk, charge de affairs of Ukrainian Embassy in Seoul

Ukraine's "Orange Revolution" of 2004-2005 was a series of protests and political events that took place throughout the country in response to allegations of massive corruption, voter intimidation, and direct electoral fraud during Ukraine's Presidential Run-off Election of Nov. 21, 2004

Dr. Aleksandruk worked as a university faculty member in both Ukraine and Japan before he started his career as a diplomat.

He worked as an engineer, lectured at his alma mater — the Kharkiv State Technical University, Kharkiv from 1978 to 1989. He then was invited to the University of Tokyo, spending time in Japan as a scholar for a year.

In 1990 Dr. Aleksandruk became an associate professor of the Kharkiv State Technical University, and one year later he was invited as associated professor to the University of Tokyo. This time he spent three years in Japan.

After serving three years from 1993 to 1995 as an associated professor at the Kharkiv State Technical University he began his diplomatic career.

Dr. Aleksandruk served for a year in Japan as first secretary before he went back to the Diplomatic Academy of Ukraine, Kyiv, where he worked for three years straight from 1995. From 1998 to 2001 Dr. Aleksandruk was consul of Ukraine to Japan in Tokyo.

Dr. Valerii Aleksandruk (center), charge de affairs of Ukrainian Embassy in Seoul poses with Mr. Andrii Nikolaienko (left),third secretary, and Mr.Joseph Joh, managing editor of The Seoul Times at Ukrainian Embassy in Seoul.

Dr. Aleksandruk served as counsellor of Asia and Pacific Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Kyiv from 2001 to 2002 before he was promoted to ministry's director of Asian and Pacific Division.

Until he came to Seoul at the end of October this year as "charge de affairs" at Ukrainian Embassy he served as deputy director of Fifth Territorial Department of the Ukraine's Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Dr. Aleksandruk was born on Feb. 9, 1956 in Kyiv, Ukraine. He received his M.A. diploma in engineering from the Kharkiv State Technical University in 1978.

He also earned his Ph.D. degree in 1985 from the Diplomatic Academy of Ukraine and diploma in diplomacy and foreign policy from the academy in 1998. His wife and family, who are now staying in Kyiv, will soon join him in Seoul.






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