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In the Sept. 29, 2009 cable, the ambassador, Gene A. Cretz, wrote that Qaddafi “relies heavily on his long-time Ukrainian nurse, Galyna Kolotnytska, who has been described as a ‘voluptuous blonde.’” She is said to be one of four Ukrainian nurses who travel with the Libyan leader to “cater to [his] health and well-being.”

The cable hints at romantic ties between Qaddafi and Kolotnytska.

“Some embassy contacts have claimed that Qadhafi (sic) and the 38-year-old Kolotnytska have a romantic relationship. While he did not comment on such rumors, a Ukrainian political officer recently confirmed that the Ukrainian nurses ‘travel everywhere with the Leader,’” Cretz wrote.

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