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Ukraine launches investigation into ‘surveillance’ of former US envoy

Ukraine launches investigation into 
‘surveillance’ of 
former US envoy

AFP
Kiev
Ukraine said on Thursday it had launched an investigation into alleged illegal surveillance of former US ambassador Marie Yovanovitch, who is now a key figure in President Donald Trump’s impeachment inquiry.
Trump has denied accusations that he pressured Ukrainian officials to investigate political rival Joe Biden, part of the impeachment inquiry that threatens the US leader with removal from office.
Ukraine said it decided to act after fresh documents were released by US Democrats on Tuesday detailing the controversial removal of Yovanovitch, who served as the US ambassador to Ukraine for nearly three years before she was abruptly called back to the US in May.
The files reportedly detailed exchanges in which Yovanovitch’s location was discussed, indicating she may have been under surveillance. The Ukrainian interior ministry said on Thursday it could not ignore “illegal activities” on its territory.
“Ukraine’s position is not to interfere in the domestic affairs of the United States of America, the ministry said in a statement.”