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Tue Jan 28, 2020, 11:44 AM

Top Ukraine Official: I Trusted Bolton More Than Anyone (Bombshell Daily Beast must read interview)

Oleksandr Danylyuk says the requests to investigate the Bidens “rattled” Zelensky’s team and the one person in the administration he trusted was Bolton.

When Volodymyr Zelensky won Ukraine’s presidential election in April 2019, President Donald Trump was one of the first world leaders to call to congratulate him. For officials inside Ukraine and out, Zelensky represented a chance for the country to rebuild its anti-corruption institutions and a chance for Kyiv to develop better, stronger relationships with Western countries, including the United States.

But in the weeks and months that followed, efforts to construct a partnership between the Zelensky and Trump administrations, one focused on fighting corruption, crumbled. It crumbled in part because the Zelensky team was pulled into an American domestic political fight spurred by Trump’s push to have Ukraine investigate his rival Joe Biden, Biden’s son Hunter, and supposed interference in the 2016 election. That’s according to Oleksandr Danylyuk, the former chairman of Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council, who said the requests “rattled” Zelensky’s team.

Danylyuk spoke to The Daily Beast last week in his first on-the-record conversation since impeachment proceedings began in Washington, saying he resigned from his post in Kyiv in September in part “because of the situation with the U.S.” When Danylyuk answered my FaceTime call, he appeared to be in his office in Kyiv, with pictures of the city in the background. The former Ukrainian official was supposed to have traveled to the U.S. to meet me but caught a virus at the World Economic Forum in Davos and flew home to recover. (We plan on meeting in person for our second interview.)

Over the course of two hours, Danylyuk laid out his reasons for joining the Zelensky team and why he decided to leave the administration. The former official said his hope was that he would get to “change lives” as a part of the Zelensky government, helping develop Ukraine’s anti-corruption institutions and promoting the country as an international powerhouse worthy of respect. Danylyuk, a self-described technocrat, said the U.S.-Ukraine shakeup “set an uncomfortable background” but that the two countries can still forge ahead with a new, better roadmap. Danylyuk spoke to The Daily Beast last week in his first on-the-record conversation since impeachment proceedings began in Washington, saying he resigned from his post in Kyiv in September in part “because of the situation with the U.S.” When Danylyuk answered my FaceTime call, he appeared to be in his office in Kyiv, with pictures of the city in the background. The former Ukrainian official was supposed to have traveled to the U.S. to meet me but caught a virus at the World Economic Forum in Davos and flew home to recover. (We plan on meeting in person for our second interview.)

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Danylyuk said he first found out that the U.S. was withholding aid to Ukraine by reading Politico’s article published Aug. 28. U.S. officials and Ukrainian diplomats, including the country’s former Foreign Minister Olena Zerkal, have said publicly that Kyiv was aware there were problems with the U.S. aid as early as July.

“I was really surprised and shocked. Because just a couple of days prior to that… I actually had a meeting with John Bolton. Actually, I had several meetings with him. And we had extensive discussions. The last thing I had expected to read was an article about military aid being frozen,” Danylyuk said. “After that... I was trying to get the truth. Was it true or not true?”

Danylyuk said that “it was a panic” inside the Zelensky administration after the initial news broke, saying Zelensky was convinced there had been some sort of mistake. Danylyuk put in calls to the National Security Council and asked other officials in Washington what to make of the news.

This is a must read. Impeccable timing RE impeachment. Much more at link. Directly contradicts Trump's "no pressure" narrative and shows just how much pressure Ukraine was under.

https://www.thedailybeast.com/oleksandr-danylyuk-former-top-ukraine-official-says-he-trusted-john-bolton-more-than-anyone?via=newsletter&source=DDMorning



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Reply Top Ukraine Official: I Trusted Bolton More Than Anyone (Bombshell Daily Beast must read interview) (Original post)
Amaryllis Jan 2020 OP
Stonepounder Jan 2020 #1
scarletwoman Jan 2020 #2
Hermit-The-Prog Jan 2020 #6
KT2000 Jan 2020 #3
liberalla Jan 2020 #4
Hermit-The-Prog Jan 2020 #5
Volaris Jan 2020 #9
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booksenkatz Jan 2020 #10

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Tue Jan 28, 2020, 02:17 PM

1. K & R for visibility

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Tue Jan 28, 2020, 02:22 PM

2. Kick & rec for visibility - this is important! (nt)

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Response to scarletwoman (Reply #2)

Tue Jan 28, 2020, 02:44 PM

6. should be more calls for witnesses!

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Tue Jan 28, 2020, 02:30 PM

3. K&R

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Tue Jan 28, 2020, 02:30 PM

4. K&R

Reminder to read later

Thanks!

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Tue Jan 28, 2020, 02:34 PM

5. Bolton may be a warmonger, but he's not a Putin asset.

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Wed Jan 29, 2020, 12:51 AM

9. I think THIS is the nuance I've had in my head but been unable to express.

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Tue Jan 28, 2020, 03:15 PM

7. Interesting. Am still processing this. eom

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Wed Jan 29, 2020, 12:08 AM

8. Kick

Important article.

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Wed Jan 29, 2020, 09:29 AM

10. Thank you K&R

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