Ukraine investigates whether the former US ambassador UU. I was under surveillance

The Ukrainian authorities opened a criminal investigation into reports that the former US ambassador. UU. In Ukraine, she was under surveillance of US citizens before she was removed from her post.

The move came after House Democrats published documents Tuesday in the political trial investigation against President Trump showing that an associate of his personal lawyer,

Rudy Giuliani,

text messages were sent about follow-up

Marie Yovanovich

in Ukraine

Ukrainian authorities said they were also investigating media reports that the Russian army hacked Burisma Holdings, the Ukrainian gas company where the former vice president

Joe Biden’s

son was part of the board, which became the focus of Trump’s impeachment investigation.

The Kremlin did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Thursday. On Monday, the Russian embassy in Washington also did not respond to a request for comment on the accusations.

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The Ukrainian Interior Ministry said it would investigate Ms. Yovanovitch’s alleged vigilance “to investigate whether there were violations of Ukrainian and international laws … or [if it was] just bravado and false conversations in an informal conversation between two US citizens. “

“Ukraine cannot ignore such illegal activities in its territory,” the ministry said.

The ministry called on the United States to cooperate with the investigation. The State Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

In the documents published by the Chamber,

Robert F. Hyde,

a congressional candidate in Connecticut, sent a message

Lev Parnas

an associate accused of Mr. Giuliani, about the movements of Ms. Yovanovitch.

The texts included messages like “they’ll let me know when I’m on the move”, “they’re willing to help if we want to pay a price” and “I guess you can do anything in Ukraine with the money”.

Later, Mr. Hyde said: “If they want it outside, they should contact the security forces.”

Mr. Hyde has said that he was never in Kiev, and described it as “laughable” that the Democrats were using “some text messages from my friend and I wrote to some fools we were playing with that we met sometimes while we were drinking some drinks”. . “

Also on Thursday, the Ministry of Interior of Ukraine said it had asked for help from the Federal Bureau of Investigation to investigate a possible cyber attack on Burisma. He also requested assistance from Area 1, a California-based cybersecurity company that reported the attack on Monday.

The ministry said it was investigating whether hackers attempted to “steal personal information from employees and gain access to emails from company executives.”

Attempts to hack Burisma began last November, said Area 1, while Congress held hearings about whether Trump abused his office by pressing his Ukrainian counterpart to work with Giuliani to investigate Biden and his son Hunter.

Piracy attempts are ongoing and linked to the Russian military intelligence unit formerly known as GRU, which hacked and leaked Democratic emails during the 2016 presidential election, said Area 1.

The ministry said it was also investigating whether hackers attacked entertainment producer Kvartal 95, founded by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

A spokeswoman for Mr. Zelensky declined to comment.

The former ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch, told lawmakers that a “smear campaign” led by Rudy Giuliani resulted in his dismissal. (Originally published on November 15, 2019)

Corrections and Amplifications
The Ministry of Interior of Ukraine requested assistance from Area 1, a cybersecurity company, to investigate a possible cyber attack against Burisma. An earlier version of this article incorrectly named the company as Area 51. (January 16, 2019)

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