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Bitter pill to swallow: Gadhafi's 'voluptuous' nurse gone

By Ian Sager, msnbc.com news editor

Sunday, February 27

I hope Moammar is seated.

Reuters is reporting that Galyna Kolotnytska, 38, arrived in Kiev early Sunday morning aboard a plane that evacuated 122 Ukrainians and 68 foreigners from the North African nation.

Efforts by the news agency to get in touch with the medical professional, who WikiLeaks described as a "voluptuous blonde" who "travel[s] everywhere" with Gadhafi, proved unsuccessful. According to television reports in the Eastern European nation, Ms. Kolotnytska will make her way to her native town Grovary, near Kiev, where her daughter lives.

Libya was a popular destination for Ukrainian medical professionals before the unrest.

Weeks of spiraling violence will make some wonder: will a certain eccentric Libyan in need of “medical care” try to make the opposite move?

Saturday, February 26

Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi has lost the backing of key ambassadors, much of his people, along with some of the nation’s armed forces, but one departure in particular may be hard for the embattled dictator to stomach.

According to reports, Galyna Kolotnytska, described in a cable published by WikiLeaks as a "voluptuous blonde" who "travel[s] everywhere" with Gadhafi, says she is heading home to Ukraine.

Kolotnytska will join the thousands of foreign nationals rushing to depart the turmoil-hit North African nation. Ukrainian daily Segodnya reports that the colonel’s confidant called her family in Kiev on Friday, telling them she intends to return home. Her daughter explains: "Mom got in touch yesterday. She said she was now in Tripoli…she spoke in a calm voice, asked us not to worry and said she'd soon be home."

Like many of his fellow world leaders, the Libyan dictator was not immune to the sting of diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks. If anything, they served to shed further light on Gadhafi's unique indulgences.

One bizarre cable describes Gadhafi's insistence on staying on the first floor when he visited New York for a 2009 meeting at the United Nations.

In one of the more salacious releases, Gadhafi is described as someone who relies heavily on his staff of Ukrainian nurses, including one woman described as a "voluptuous blonde." The cable speculated about a romantic relationship between Gadhafi and Kolotnytska, but nothing of that nature was ever confirmed.

Ms. Kolotnytska’s daughter also revealed that her mother had been in Libya for nine years, originally employed in a hospital prior to working for the regime.

There’s no telling how the Libyan leader will react to this latest bitter pill.