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Victoria Spartz Doubles Down, Calls on Zelensky Aide to Quit



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Ukrainian-born American congresswoman Victoria Spartz has doubled down on her criticism of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky‘s chief of employees Andriy Yermak, calling for his resignation.

Spartz, an Indiana Republican and Congress‘ solely Ukrainian-born consultant, accused Yermak of launching a “smear marketing campaign” towards her after she voiced issues over his integrity.

“Mr. Yermak has launched a smear marketing campaign towards me,” she wrote in a press launch printed Monday, including that many Individuals and Europeans have “had severe issues” with Yermak for some time.

Ukrainian-American U.S. Rep. Victoria Spartz
Ukrainian-American U.S. Rep. Victoria Spartz (R-IN) speaks at a information convention on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on the U.S. Capitol on March 02, 2022 in Washington, DC. Spartz spoke in help of Sen. Lindsey Graham’s decision to research Russian President Vladimir Putin for warfare crimes.
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“If Mr. Yermak was a statesman, as somebody with an already questionable fame, he would have resigned this winter after assuring the Ukrainian management that no assault by Russia was going to occur, which decreased Ukraine’s preparedness.”

The congresswoman added: “Nonetheless, it’s by no means too late to do the suitable factor.”

Her rebuke comes after Ukraine’s Overseas Ministry slammed the lawmaker for sending President Joe Biden a letter asking about allegations towards Yermak.

She requested the president to transient Congress about Andriy Yermak’s “alleged dealings in reference to Russia.”

“We advise Ms. Spartz to cease making an attempt to earn additional political capital on baseless hypothesis across the subject of warfare in our nation and the grief of Ukrainians,” mentioned Ukraine’s Overseas Ministry spokesperson Oleg Nikolenko.

Nikolenko mentioned Spartz’s current remarks are “an undisclosed try and deliver again into American politics traditional narratives of Russian propaganda about Ukraine’s management’s seemingly ties to Russia and to pull our state into U.S. home politics.”

“The Ukrainian aspect interacts with American companions as overtly as potential, offering them with complete details about using expertise,” he continued.

“Additional bureaucratization and prolongation of the method, which Victoria Spartz clearly desires, will solely contribute to the additional advance of the Russian invaders. The Kremlin is relying on such a situation.”

Spartz mentioned in her press launch on Monday that since she outlined her issues she has been accused by Yermak’s “puppets” of “elevating this difficulty for political profit.”

“Solely those that don’t perceive American basic election politics may make such a declare. There is no such thing as a political profit from this, however it’s the proper factor to do,” she wrote.

The congresswoman mentioned she is elevating the difficulty “publicly out of main concern,” after making an attempt to resolve it internally “for a while.”

Yermak, a former copyright lawyer, has been accused beforehand by Kyiv analysts and political opponents of getting shut hyperlinks to Moscow, Politico reported. The Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty program Schemes discovered firm information allegedly linking Yermak to Moscow companies.

He has denied the allegations that he has hyperlinks to the Kremlin, Politico reported.

Newsweek has contacted Ukraine’s international ministry and Spartz’s workplace for extra remark.