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Qadhafi's nurse returns to Ukraine

Libyan leader Muammar Qadhafi's nurse Galyna Kolotnitskaya in this file photo.  

Libyan leader Qadhafi's “voluptuous” personal nurse has returned to her home in Ukraine.

Galyna Kolotnitskaya (38) arrived in the Ukrainian capital Kiev on Sunday on board an Il-76 plane which evacuated 185 people from Tripoli. She had worked as a nurse in Libya for the past nine years, first in a hospital, then as Mr. Qadhafi's personal nurse.

A secret 2009 dispatch from the U.S. embassy in Libya to Washington released by WikiLeaks last year revealed that Colonel Qadhafi “appears to rely” on his senior nurse Ms. Kolotnitskaya, who was described as a “voluptuous blonde” suggesting she was the Libyan leader's lover. It said he once sent a private jet to ferry Ms. Kolotnitskaya from Libya to Portugal to meet him during his stopover in that country on the way to the U.S. when her U.S. visa was delayed. The woman denied any romantic relationship with Col. Qadhafi.

According to Ukrainian television, Ms. Kolotnitskaya headed for her native town Grovary near Kiev where her 20-year-old daughter lives.

Libya has been a popular destination for Ukrainian medics since the 1990s.

About 500 Ukrainian doctors and nurses worked in Libya before the popular uprising broke out there. The WikiLeaks file said Col. Qadhafi had three other Ukrainian women who travel with him.


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