In the light of U.S. President Donald Trump's impeachment inquiry, some Ukrainian-Americans expressed their opinion on the Ukraine scandal, believing that their ancestral homeland has already become an unwitting victim of the U.S. politics, Reuters reports.
“I think Ukraine is kind of a victim in this case because I believe they were pushed to do something that is not in the real Ukrainian interest,” said Igor Yarmak, 63, a tech professional in New York City who has voted Republican in the past but dislikes Trump.
Others among the roughly 1 million people of Ukrainian descent living in the United States also expressed frustration at seeing Ukraine, which largely depends on foreign aid and protection from Russia, dragged into the impeachment fight.
“Once again, Ukraine is in the spotlight for its critical position in eastern Europe and I feel it’s being used by political powers for their own gain,” said Paul Jablonsky, a small business owner and the president of the Ukrainian American Community Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
As we reported earlier, Foreign Minister of Ukraine Vadym Prystaiko says that after the transcript of Trump’s conversation with Zelensky had been published, the relations between Kyiv and Paris and Berlin became more intense. Prystayko said this in an interview with Ukrinform.
"It seems to me that our Western partners have an exaggerated emotional component here. The insult has not resulted in any radical forms, but some tension is still noticeable," the Foreign Minister said in response to the questions about the damage to Ukraine's relations with France and Germany after the transcript of Donald Trump's conversation with Volodymyr Zelensky was published.