Ukraine to probe whether U.S. Amb. Marie Yovanovitch was tracked

Ukraine’s interior ministry launched an investigation Thursday into claims former United States Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch was placed under surveillance in the country by people linked to President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer. 

The probe by Ukraine came after House Democrats on Tuesday released a trove of documents, including phone records, that appeared to indicate that Lev Parnas, an associate of Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani, discussed tracking Yovanovitch in March 2019. Parnas is a central figure in the Trump impeachment investigation. 

In a statement, Ukraine’s interior ministry said it does not want to interfere in U.S. domestic affairs, but it can’t ignore potentially illegal activities and it needs to protect the rights and safety of foreign diplomats deployed on its soil. It said its investigation intends to determine whether “there actually was a violation” or “just bravado and fake information during informal conversation between two U.S. citizens.”

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