Valentyn Nalyvaichenko is the leader of the Ukrainian political party Justice, which is devoted to defending Ukraine on two fronts: externally against Russian aggression, and internally against kleptocratic corruption. Formerly, from 2014 to 2015, Nalyvaichenko served for a second time as the Head of the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU), Ukraine’s premier counterintelligence and counterterrorism agency, and was a member of the National Defence Council of Ukraine. It was during this turbulent period that Putin launched his war in eastern Ukraine and illegally annexed Crimea, and Russian-backed separatists in the Donetsk region shot-down civilian airliner MH-17. Earlier, during his diplomatic career, Nalyvaichenko served as deputy foreign minister and ambassador to Belarus. Nalyvaichenko was elected as a member of the Ukrainian Parliament in 2012. He has university degrees in linguistics, specializing in English and Finnish.
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