Turner tackled his assignment with uncommon zest and energy. He was visible around town, in the media and through his popular blogs. He frequently hosted luncheons and other events with different audiences, all with the intent to find out what’s really going on in the nation and to understand how he could influence events for the better.

While some of his detractors claim he should have paid more attention to improving the British Embassy’s service, we don’t see it that way.

In recent years, Ukraine has been blessed with other ambassadors who have cared about the nation and been very active and vocal about its troubles, to the consternation of Ukrainian authorities. Departed French Ambassador Jacques Faure, German Ambassador to Ukraine Hans-Jurgen Heimsoeth and outgoing European Union Ambassador to Ukraine Jose Manuel Pinto Teixeira are among those who come to mind for uncommon candor. There are several others.

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