Ukraine opens criminal investigation into possible surveillance of Marie Yovanovitch

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Ukraine opens criminal investigation into possible surveillance of Marie Yovanovitch, which was originally published on abcnews.go.com

The Ukrainian Department of the Interior announced that it would launch a criminal investigation into the possible illegal surveillance of Marie Yovanovitch when she was the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine.

The ministry said the police opened the investigation in the light of text messages released by Democrats on the House Secret Service committee between two employees of President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani.

In the embassies, Republican congressional candidate Robert Hyde Lev Parnas, a Florida businessman now at the center of the impeachment dispute, seemed to suggest that he had people who followed Yovanovitch’s movements.

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The Ukrainian police are investigating whether surveillance has taken place and whether it has violated Ukrainian law or international conventions that oblige the host countries to protect foreign diplomats there, the Interior Ministry said.

“Ukraine’s position is not to interfere in the internal affairs of the United States of America. However, the published records include the fact that Ukraine’s legislation and the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, which protects the rights of a diplomat, another country’s territory has been violated, “the ministry said.

“After analyzing these materials, the National Police of Ukraine, after their publication, initiated criminal proceedings pursuant to Article 163 Part 2 (violation of correspondence secret, telephone calls, telegraph services or other correspondence) and Article 182 Part 1 (illegal collection), storage, use of confidential information about a person, violation of privacy) of the Criminal code of Ukraine “, the statement continues.

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The ministry said it was reviewing whether Ukrainian or international law had been violated, “or was it courageous and fake in an informal conversation between two US citizens.”

Hyde has rejected the allegations of espionage and claims that the exchange with Parnas only made him joke.

Ukrainian Interior Minister Arsen Avakov has suggested that the US be included in the investigation, the statement said.

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