Known as one of Moammar Gaddafi's most loyal confidantes, a Ukrainian nurse once described by a U.S. diplomat as a "voluptuous blonde" has nonetheless become the latest in the Libyan leader's entourage to desert her boss for safety in her homeland.
As the BBC is reporting, Galyna Kolotnytska returned to Kiev Sunday morning on a plane with an estimated 185 other Ukrainian evacuees, including other medics.
Kolotnytska's adult daughter Tatyana, who lives just outside the Ukrainian capital Kiev, said her mother was expected home soon after the pair spoke last week, the Wall Street Journal is reporting. "She spoke in a calm voice, asked us not to worry, and said she would be home soon," Tatyana, a student, is quoted as saying.
Kolotnytska, who is believed to be about 38 years old, was described in a diplomatic cable published by Wikileaks as a "voluptuous blond" who "travel[s] everywhere" with Gaddafi. Gaddafi "relies heavily" on Kolotnytska as "she alone knows his routine." Though Kolotnytska has slammed the allegations, the cable quoted "some embassy contacts" as noting that the pair had "a romantic relationship."
View video of Kolotnytska's return to Kiev, courtesy of Al Jazeera, below: