Ukrainian parliament has deputy Andriy Derkach on July 24 requested Ukraine’s prosecutor general to launch criminal investigation into possible interference by his country’s government into last year’s U.S. presidential elections, claiming the interference has “seriously damaged Ukrainian-American relations.” This was reported by Politico agency.
Andriy Derkach, an independent MP who was formerly aligned with a pro-Russian party, requested that authorities launch a pretrial investigation into “illegal interference in the election of President of the United States organized by a criminal organization.” This organization, he said, consisted of senior members of the country’s National Anti-Corruption Bureau, government officials, and other public figures.
Derkach’s accusations center around reports, first published in POLITICO in January, that Ukrainian politicians and diplomats may have cooperated with people connected to the Democratic National Committee to hamper Donald Trump’s candidacy and bolster Hillary Clinton’s presidential bid. The key figure involved has denied any coordination with the DNC.
Derkach also claimed that the campaign against candidate Trump included Ukrainian officials’ announcement last year of reported payments of more than $12 million by Ukraine’s previous leader, Viktor Yanukovych, to Paul Manafort, who was one of Trump’s campaign managers during the election.
In his request to the prosecutor general Derkach claimed that the alleged meddling by Ukrainian officials created the impression that Kyiv was an “unreliable and harmful partner” to Washington, resulted in a temporary freeze in contacts between the two and led to a reduction in U.S. financial assistance to Ukraine.
“Only a transparent and thorough investigation into the unlawful interference of Ukrainian officials with the U.S. election campaign can restore the trust of our strategic partner,” Derkach wrote.
As it was reported earlier President Trump on July 25, in which he called on the US attorney general’s office to investigate “Ukrainian efforts to sabotage the Trump campaign.”