Kyiv’s envoy to Australia, Vasily Miroshnichenko, a successful businessman, is trying to fund his daughter’s education
Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova shamed Ukrainian Ambassador to Australia Vasily Miroshnichenko for “begging and vagrancy”, after launching a crowdfunding appeal to send her daughter to a top London university.
“This is not a joke,” Zakharova wrote in a Telegram post on Sunday, explaining that the ambassador had posted a link to the crowdfunding page on her official Facebook and Twitter accounts.
“He first wrote how he showed his daughter American universities, then he reported that she chose a British education after his fascinating stories,” Zakharova continued.
“Begging and vagrancy are the basis of the “diplomacy” of the kyiv regime” she added, noting that Ukraine “was wasted” by such a scam.
In a Facebook post last month, Miroshnichenko said he took his daughter, Yaroslava (Yasia), on a trip to California to visit colleges four years ago. Yasia having recently turned 19, he said she chose not to attend any of the American schools and would instead study chemistry and management at University College London, an institution ranked 18th in the world in the Times rankings. Higher Education.
Miroshnichenko posted a link to a crowdfunding appeal from Yasia, who is seeking £30,000 ($36,400) to cover tuition and living costs for her first year in London.
Yasia wrote on the crowdfunding website that she had been granted a UK visa through a scheme for Ukrainian refugees and qualified for domestic tuition. At UCL, this means she will pay the same fee of £9,250 a year as UK students, instead of the £31,200 charged to international students.
“It’s still a huge amount of money for my family to withdraw,” she wrote. “Therefore, I need your support.”
Miroshnichenko has been Ukraine’s ambassador to Australia and New Zealand since March. Although his net worth is not publicly available, it is highly unlikely that his family will be unable to afford Yasia’s college fees. The diplomat is the CEO of a consulting company in kyiv and the co-founder of a Ukrainian media NGO. It is also described by the Ukrainian Catholic University of Lviv as “a longtime friend and donor” of the establishment.