Volodymyr Zelensky disputes USA claims of corruption in Ukraine

Donbas conflict soldier smoking       RFE  RL

Donbas conflict soldier smoking RFE RL

Republican Senator John Kennedy turned NBC's "Meet the Press" into "Meet the Propagandist" when he once again echoed Presidents Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump's debunked talking points claiming Ukraine interfered in the 2016 US elections.

President Trump is very likely going to be impeached by the House of Representatives for an alleged abuse of power, standing accused of withholding military aid from Ukraine to pressure Zelensky into opening and/or publicly announcing investigations into the Ukrainian business dealings of Joe Biden's son, Hunter Biden, while Joe was vice president. Trump calls the inquiry a partisan "witch hunt" and neither he nor his lawyers have agreed to appear in an inquiry hearing on Wednesday.

The Democrat-led House could vote this month to impeach Trump, setting up a trial early next year in the Republican-controlled Senate, which will decide whether to remove the president from office.

Russian Federation and Ukraine have been at war since 2014, when Russian Federation seized the Crimean peninsula from Ukraine.

Further casting doubt on the GOP theory of Ukraine engaging in a coordinated attack on the US election, Politico reported this week that the Republican-led Senate Intelligence Committee already investigated the possibility and didn't find the evidence it was looking for.

"I refuse to be part of an effort to legitimize an alternative narrative that the Ukrainian government is a USA adversary, and that Ukraine - not Russian Federation - attacked us in 2016", she said. "We're at war", Zelensky said.

When asked about peace talks with Russia and whether he trusts Russian President Vladimir Putin, Zelenskiy said, "I don't trust anyone at all".

A day after telling Wallace that Ukraine had interfered in the election, Kennedy told Chris Cuomo on CNN's "Cuomo Prime Time" that he had misunderstood Wallace's question and his response had been mistaken.

"I do think that we have to adhere to the facts presented to us by our intelligence community", the junior Utah senator added.

During the interview, Zelenskiy also pushed back against Trump's comments categorizing Ukraine as a corrupt, saying it is damaging to the country.

"When America says, for instance, that Ukraine is a corrupt country, that is the hardest of signals", Zelensky said. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, told NBC News that the theory had been debunked by US intelligence agencies.

"Everyone hears that signal", he said.

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