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Ukraine’s envoy to Thailand dies abruptly on beach island

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Ukraine’s ambassador to Thailand died in Koh Lipe, an idyllic beach island popular with travellers for its crystal-blue waters. AFP

Ukraine’s envoy to Thailand dies abruptly on beach island

Ukraine’s ambassador to Thailand died on the southern beach island of Koh Lipe early on May 30 while on vacation with his son, police said, with the cause of death still undetermined.

Andrii Beshta is a 45-year-old career diplomat who was appointed as Ukraine’s ambassador in Thailand in 2016.

The National Police on May 30 said Beshta was found dead around 5:30am (2230 GMT) in his room at a hotel resort in Koh Lipe, an idyllic beach island popular with travellers for its crystal-blue waters.

“Preliminary investigations showed no signs of him being attacked, no signs of a raid or violence,” said a statement attributed to National Police deputy spokesman Kissana Phathanacharoen.

The medical team first on the scene had worn personal protective equipment (PPE) suits as a precaution to investigate the body, while authorities had questioned the ambassador’s son Ostap, who had shared the room with him.

He said his father had gone to bed around 11pm the night before, but had woken up at 4:30am vomiting before falling unconscious, said Kissana, who added that other witnesses were also questioned.

Beshta’s body was sent first to a local hospital for an autopsy, before it was transported to a police hospital in the Thai capital Bangkok for further investigation into his cause of death.

He has spent more than a decade of his career in Thailand, according to the embassy’s website, arriving first in 2007 as a counsellor to the diplomatic mission in Bangkok.

He was appointed the embassy’s deputy director-general in 2011, taking over as ambassador in 2016.

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