'Voluptuous' Gaddafi nurse returns to Ukraine

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Galyna Kolotnytska is reported to have moved to Libya nine years ago

A Ukrainian nurse described by a US diplomat as a "voluptuous blonde" confidante of Libyan leader Col Muammar Gaddafi has flown home to Kiev.

Galyna Kolotnytska returned to Kiev on Sunday morning on a plane with 185 other Ukrainian evacuees, including other medics, Ukrainian media reported.

Neighbours quoted by Segodnya news said she went shopping with her mother in Brovary, just outside Kiev.

A leaked US embassy cable said Col Gaddafi "relies heavily" on the nurse.

The description of Kolotnytska, 38, emerged in the WikiLeaks revelations on the internet.

Ukraine has sent several transport planes to evacuate hundreds of Ukrainians from Libya, where Col Gaddafi is clinging on to power despite a widespread uprising.

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