Ukraine opens investigation into possible surveillance of ambassador

Ukraine opens investigation into possible surveillance of ambassador

The Ukrainian police say they have opened an investigation into the possibility that the former US ambassador came under illegal surveillance before being recalled from her post.

The announcement Thursday came two days after Democratic lawmakers in the United States had released a whole series of documents showing that Lev Parnas, an employee of US President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, was communicating about the removal of Marie Yovanovitch as ambassador to Ukraine.

The Ukrainian Ministry of the Interior, which leads the police, said in a statement that the Ukrainian police are not “involved in the internal political affairs of the United States.”

“The published messages, however, contain facts about possible violations of Ukrainian law and the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, which protect the rights of diplomats on the territory of another state,” the statement continued.

The Ministry of the Interior also said it has invited the FBI to participate in the investigation.

In another movement related to the Trump case, Ukraine said it was investigating reports that Russian hackers were being given access to computers from the Ukrainian gas company Burisma.

Hunter Biden, the son of Trump’s opponent and former US vice president, Joe Biden, was on the board of that company. The accusation investigation began with allegations that Trump had attempted to press Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate Burisma by withholding promised military assistance.