Last week, Ukraine announced that Kiev planned to launch a federal criminal investigation into the alleged surveillance of and possible threats against Marie Yovanovitch while she was serving as the US Ambassador to Ukraine.
The Ministry of Internal Affairs said in a statement that it was aware of “the materials published by the investigators related to possible illegal surveillance on the former US ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch on the Ukrainian territory.”
It also said that, “with regard to international and national legislation, guarantees protection, safety, and untouchability for diplomats of any foreign state on the territory of Ukraine, including the representatives of the diplomatic corps of the United States of America.”
The ministry says that Ukraine’s intention is “not to interfere in the domestic affairs of the United States.” But the documents handed over to the House Intelligence Committee by Lev Parnas, Rudy Giuliani’s associate, “contain a possible violation of the law of Ukraine and the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, which protects the rights of a diplomat on the territory of the foreign country.”
The ministry added, “Ukraine cannot ignore such illegal activities on the territory of its own state,” referring to the documents, which revealed that Parnas was receiving information from an American landscaping contractor named Robert Hyde who repeatedly reported the whereabouts of Yovanovitch last year. Hyde also referred to Yovanovitch as “that bitch.”
Yovanovitch was suddenly removed from her post last May in what many believe was a smear campaign directly aimed at her by the President of the United States and his personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani.
The National Police of Ukraine has opened an investigation into the matter, saying, “Our goal is to investigate whether there actually was a violation of Ukrainian and International law, which could be the subject for proper reaction.” It also said it expects the U.S. to “respond promptly.”