Ukraine Launches Investigation Into Alleged Surveillance Of U.S. Ambassador


Ukraine launches a criminal investigation into the surveillance of U.S. ambassador Yovanovitch following recent reports.

Ukraine has begun criminal investigations into the possibly illegal surveillance of former U.S. ambassador Marie Yovanovitch as well as the alleged hacking of Burisma Holdings, the natural gas company at the center of the Trump impeachment, according to NBC News

“Ukraine’s position is not to interfere in the domestic affairs of the United States of America,” the country’s Interior Ministry said in a statement. 

Yet, recent reports could potentially violate Ukrainian and international law, the ministry said. 

“Ukraine cannot ignore such illegal activities on the territory of its own state,” the statement added. 

Records released by the House Intelligence Committee earlier this week suggest that Yovanovitch was being closely monitored by a Republican congressional candidate, who tracked her computer and phone use to calculate her physical location. 

Meanwhile, a report from security experts accused Russian spies of hacking Burisma Holdings. 

According to the cybersecurity firm Area 1 Security, the Main Intelligence Directorate of the General Staff of the Russian Army, or GRU, “launched a phishing campaign targeting Burisma Holdings” as early as November. 

Ukraine’s interior ministry said the alleged perpetrators “are being identified.”

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