The last straw? Gaddafi’s nurse is going home

As Gaddafi’s forces left Tajura – which is on the outskirts of Tripoli – the end-game is being played out for Gaddafi. There could still be considerable violence and bloodshed in Tripoli but my expectation (hope?) is that the loyalty felt towards the Libyan dictator is not going to be strong enough to keep them going for much longer. Only self-interest on the part of those closely associated with Gadaffi will keep some with him till the bitter end.

The WSJ reports that even his “voluptuous Ukrainian ” nurse, Galyna Kolotnytska, told her family yesterday that she will soon be returning home.

Galyna Kolotnytska : image photo Segodnya

Embattled Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi is set to be deserted by another close ally after his Ukrainian nurse said she was heading home. Galyna Kolotnytska, described in a diplomatic cable published by Wikileaks as a “voluptuous blond” who “travel[s] everywhere” with Col. Gadhafi, called her family in Kiev on Friday to say she intends to return to Ukraine, her daughter told daily Segodnya.

“Mom got in touch yesterday. She said she was now in Tripoli,” Tetyana Kolotnytska said. “She spoke in a calm voice, asked us not to worry and said she’d soon be home.” According to the cable from September 2009, contacts in Tripoli told U.S. diplomats that Col. Gadhafi “relies heavily” on Ms. Kolotnytska, then 38, as “she alone ‘knows his routine.'”

The cable also reported claims from unnamed sources that the eccentric Libyan leader and the nurse, part of a retinue of four Ukrainians, “have a romantic relationship.” Ms. Kolotnytska’s daughter said her mother had been in Libya for nine years, originally employed in a hospital before starting work for Col. Gadhafi. “Other Ukrainian women also work for him as nurses. Mom is one of them,” she said. “For some reason, he doesn’t trust Libyan women with this matter.”

Perhaps his mistrust of Libyan women will play a prominent role in the inevitable end. Poison in the desert  – either self administered or by those around him – once his Ukrainian nurses are gone could be what awaits.

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3 Responses to “The last straw? Gaddafi’s nurse is going home”

  1. Gaddafi’s children are a motley – but dangerous – lot « The k2p blog Says:

    […] Muammar Gaddafi has a total of eight children, one with his first wife Fathia Khaled and seven with his second wife Safia Farkash, who was his nurse. He has a nephew who he has also adopted as his son. His adopted daughter supposedly killed in a US attack probably never existed. According to WikiLeaks, a third woman, Galyna Kolotnytska his personal nurse, is now his current favourite but there are no reports of any offspring and she is on her way back to Ukraine. […]

  2. The end is nigh for Gaddafi: Galyna Kolotnytska has returned to Ukraine « The k2p blog Says:

    […] She had announced to her daughter last Friday that she would be returning from Tripoli. […]

  3. Gaddafi & family activate Plan B to save themselves « The k2p blog Says:

    […] are not viable. Kazakhstan and Tajikistan are remotely possible. I would not be surprised if the sudden flight of his nurse Galyna Kolotnytska back to Ukraine at the end of February was executed as part of Plan B. But the problem for Gaddafi and his family […]

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