Top Ukrainian magazine names US ambassador as country’s ‘most influential woman,’ highlighting extent of American leverage in Kiev | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

Top Ukrainian magazine names US ambassador as country’s ‘most influential woman,’ highlighting extent of American leverage in Kiev

Influential Ukrainian political magazine Focus has named Kristina Kvien, the acting US ambassador to Kiev, as the country’s most influential woman, in what the publication’s editor called “an unexpected and surprising choice.”

Kvien, who has been charge d’affaires since January 2020, beat out Ukrainian First Lady Elena Zelenskaya and Prosecutor General Irina Venediktova in the 2021 list of the top 100 women. In fifth place came Melinda Simmons, the British ambassador to Kiev.

Ukraine’s Ambassador to the US Oksana Markarova was also selected in the top 10.

The chosen women are ranked by their ability to independently make key decisions for the country and their impact on public opinion, as well as their business influence, personal popularity, and influence on the internet.

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