Politico - By ANDREW DESIDERIO and OLIVIA BEAVERS - 07/15/2022 04:30 AM
Victoria Spartz took the GOP mantle on aiding Kyiv back in the spring. Now, her fellow lawmakers worry she's undermining the effort.
House Republicans gave Ukraine-born Rep. Victoria Spartz a coveted platform to speak out against Russia’s war. They’re coming to regret that.
Spartz (R-Ind.), who has traveled to Ukraine a half-dozen times since the war began and spoken passionately about the conflict, shocked lawmakers in both parties recently with her intense criticisms of the country’s president, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, and his confidants. She drew a rare rebuke last weekend from the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry, which accused her of “trying to earn extra political capital on baseless speculation.” .......
Victoria Spartz Doubles Down, Calls on Zelensky Aide to Quit
Newsweek - BY ISABEL VAN BRUGEN ON 7/12/22 AT 6:54 AM EDT
Rep. Spartz Calls On Biden To Help Ukraine: 'What's Happening Under His Watch Is Atrocity'
Ukrainian-born American congresswoman Victoria Spartz has doubled down on her criticism of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky's chief of staff Andriy Yermak, calling for his resignation.
Spartz, an Indiana Republican and Congress' only Ukrainian-born representative, accused Yermak of launching a "smear campaign" against her after she voiced concerns over his integrity.
"Mr. Yermak has launched a smear campaign against me," she wrote in a press release published Monday, adding that many Americans and Europeans have "had serious concerns" with Yermak for a while.
"If Mr. Yermak was a statesman, as someone with an already questionable reputation, he would have resigned this winter after assuring the Ukrainian leadership that no attack by Russia was going to happen, which reduced Ukraine's preparedness."
The congresswoman added: "However, it is never too late to do the right thing."
Her rebuke comes after Ukraine's Foreign Ministry slammed the lawmaker for sending President Joe Biden a letter asking about allegations against Yermak.
She asked the president to brief Congress about Andriy Yermak's "alleged dealings in connection with Russia."
"We advise Ms. Spartz to stop trying to earn extra political capital on baseless speculation around the topic of war in our country and the grief of Ukrainians," said Ukraine's Foreign Ministry spokesperson Oleg Nikolenko.
Nikolenko said Spartz's recent remarks are "an undisclosed attempt to bring back into American politics classic narratives of Russian propaganda about Ukraine's leadership's seemingly ties to Russia and to drag our state into U.S. domestic politics."
"The Ukrainian side interacts with American partners as openly as possible, providing them with comprehensive information about the use of technology," he continued.
"Further bureaucratization and prolongation of the process, which Victoria Spartz obviously wants, will only contribute to the further advance of the Russian invaders. The Kremlin is counting on such a scenario."
Spartz said in her press release on Monday that since she outlined her concerns she has been accused by Yermak's "puppets" of "raising this issue for political benefit."
"Only those who do not understand American general election politics could make such a claim. There is no political benefit from this, but it is the right thing to do," she wrote.
The congresswoman said she is raising the issue "publicly out of major concern," after trying to resolve it internally "for some time."
Yermak, a former copyright lawyer, has been accused previously by Kyiv analysts and political opponents of having close links to Moscow, Politico reported. The Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty program Schemes found company records allegedly linking Yermak to Moscow businesses.
He has denied the allegations that he has links to the Kremlin, Politico reported.
Newsweek has contacted Ukraine's foreign ministry and Spartz's office for additional comment.
Rep. Victoria Spartz sends a stern message to Biden and Zelenskyy over war aid to Ukraine: ‘Stop playing politics.
A congresswoman who immigrated to the US from Ukraine is sending a stern message to presidents Joe Biden and Volodymyr Zelenskyy regarding the billions of dollars in aid being sent to her former country amid its ongoing war with Russia.
“Stop playing politics with people’s lives,” Rep. Victoria Spartz, R-Ind., said.
In an exclusive interview with LBL Digital, Spartz called for the implementation of what she referred to as “urgent action items,” which she argued would help get the situation in Ukraine under control and better streamline the massive amount of aid being provided by the US with little oversight thus far.
“As a proud American, first and foremost, I’m kind of embarrassed that we let [Russia] get away with so much. But I think there is no time for games and politics right now. And our leaders and President Zelenskyy need to learn,” Spartz said when asked why it was important for Congress to establish proper oversight of US aid to Ukraine.
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She described the war as “a war for resources,” and argued that Russia had a “strategic interest” in its mission to take over its neighbor because of Ukraine’s raw materials and intellectual property.
Rep. Victoria Spartz, R-Ind., who emigrated from Ukraine, speaks about the war in Ukraine. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
She then blasted the “reluctant and slow” response by Biden and Zelenskyy in combating Russia’s military, propaganda, and intelligence successes in Ukraine and called on the Ukrainian leader to fully transition his country into “war mode,” rather than attempting to move it forward as if life were continuing like normal.
“It’s not a rebuilding mode right now. [The] country [is] in the middle of a major war. And you have to treat it as a war. You cannot have life as usual, unfortunately, or you have it a very long time, and it’s going to be very bad,” Spartz said.
“I also think, you know, from our side, as Americans, we’re spending a lot of money and a lot of resources. We cannot have another Afghanistan,” she said, adding that Biden must “have a clear strategy.”
“He has to man up and align the strategy with his actions. His words and actions don’t go together,” Spartz said.
Spartz added that, regardless of what Biden was doing or not doing, Congress had a duty and responsibility to the American people to ensure “transparency and oversight” of taxpayer money.
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“We need to be able to make sure that this money is spent efficiently and also that we have the ability to be accountable to our taxpayers. And I think that is a must that Congress has to establish,” she said.
“It’s a very unusual situation since we really don’t have our people on the ground. So we have to be creative. But I’m sure, as a former auditor, I can give a few suggestions and get it done very easily. So it’s not that hard to do. We can get it done, and I think we must have it done.”
When asked what specific oversight mechanisms she would implement, Spartz called for the establishment of a real-time auditing system that would help with efficiency in delivering aid, specifically defensive weapons to Ukraine, where it needed to go more quickly.
She also called for more personnel on the ground to ensure humanitarian assistance was making it to the areas with the most need, such as that provided by local non-governmental organizations rather than large international organizations or the Ukrainian government.
“You don’t want to give it to centralized government because … maybe they misuse it sometimes. They’re not always the most competent people sitting in DC or in Kyiv. This is just a known thing,” she said.
“When you deal with a real life-and-death situation, you will be much more efficient, and you will really care about that. And there are a lot of areas that are really suffering in the most need.”
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy attends a meeting with military officials as he visits the war-torn Mykolaiv region on June 18, 2022, (Ukrainian Presidential Press Office via AP)
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Spartz stressed the importance of avoiding bureaucracy in order to eliminate inefficiencies as she and her colleagues decided the best course of action for members of Congress to take moving forward.
“I’ll be honest with you, Ukraine right now is bogged down in that, too, in bureaucracy. And, in our country, we have a lot of bureaucracy, but when we start fighting the war, we eliminate it,” she said. “And people understand this is a real life-and-death situation. Bureaucracy must go away, and we need to be calm because we have real lives, real people are dying, and young boys are dying.
“I think if we can stabilize, if we can streamline some things, if we can push back on Russia and put pressure on them to get to the table and stop this insanity… it’s a bad situation for the whole world, and I think we need to take it seriously and have a serious strategy.”
When asked what she would say if given a meeting with Biden regarding the situation, Spartz emphasized the importance of strengthening the US internally to avoid Russia, or even China, potentially taking advantage of weaknesses.
“Joe Biden, as I said, needs to stop playing politics,” she said. “There are some things that he needs to do for this crisis, to have a strategy and to have actions that align with this strategy. And also to make sure that he works with us, with Congress, to strengthen our country internally.”
President Biden clears his throat as he announces new steps requiring the government to buy more goods made in America during remarks on March 4, 2022. (LOVEBYLIFE/Evelyn Hockstein)
“We have terrible things right now shaking up our country from within. Bad energy policy, inflation, bad economic policies, open borders, crimes, cartels have taken control of our country in the cities, shooting. I mean, this is real lawlessness. This is unacceptable. … I think we’ve become a country of anarchy,” Spartz said.
“So he needs to start governing and work with Republicans if he wants to work because there are a lot of divisive issues. There are a lot of issues we’re going to be in the trenches fighting. But I think national security, this is an issue where Congress can come together if the president wants to lead, and he needs to stop being afraid to lead,” she added.
Brandon Gillespie is an associate editor at LBL. Follow him on Twitter at @brandon_cg.
Ukraine-born Rep. Victoria Spartz intensifies the row with Zelenskyy’s inner circle
- By Joseph Clark - The Washington Times - Tuesday, July 12, 2022
Rep. Victoria Spartz, the only Ukraine-born House member, has become embroiled in a tense back-and-forth with Ukraine’s top leaders after accusing a top aide to President Volodymyr Zelenskyy of corruption.
Ms. Spartz, an Indiana Republican and one of the first members of Congress to visit post-invasion Ukraine, accused Mr. Zelenskyy’s chief of staff, Andriy Yermak, on Monday of launching a “smear campaign” against her after she laid out a list of concerns over Mr. Yermak’s handling of the war effort last week.
“Many Americans and Europeans have had serious concerns with Mr. Yermak for a while,” Ms. Spartz said in a statement. “If Mr. Yermak was a statesman, as someone with an already questionable reputation, he would have resigned this winter after assuring the Ukrainian leadership that no attack by Russia was going to happen, which reduced Ukraine’s preparedness.”
The escalation came after Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry spokesman accused Ms. Spartz over the weekend of issuing baseless accusations against Mr. Yermak and attempting to earn political points while her native country wards off Russian invaders.
“We advise Ms. Spartz to stop trying to earn extra political capital on baseless speculation around the topic of war in our country and the grief of Ukrainians,” Oleg Nikolenko said in a statement on Facebook. “Especially cynical are manipulations about Ukraine and its leadership from congresswomen of Ukrainian origin.”
Late last week, Ms. Spartz called on President Biden to brief Congress on “oversight procedures.
In the open letter to Mr. Biden, Ms. Spartz leveled broad accusations against Mr. Yermak, including “alleged dealings in connection with Russia” and delaying the appointment of an independent anti-corruption prosecutor in Ukraine.
“Considering our material involvement in this conflict, we owe this level of rigor and accountability to the American people as Ukraine urgently needs increased levels and speed of security assistance, which unfortunately have not been prioritized by the Biden Administration,” Ms. Spartz said in a statement accompanying the letter.
Ms. Spartz followed the letter with more detailed claims in a follow-on statement over the weekend in which she accused Mr. Yermak of leaking “information to Belarus and ultimately to Russia on Ukraine’s operation to capture the ‘Wagner Group,’ which led to its failure.” The Wagner Group is a private Russian paramilitary organization founded in 2014 that has been deemed by military analysts to be the Kremlin’s “shadow army.”
She said Mr. Yermak mismanaged “peace negotiations with Russia before the war” and accused him of assuring Ukrainian leadership that “no attack by Russia was going to happen this February, contrary to western intelligence, to prevent Ukraine from properly preparing for the war.”
She also accused the officials of delaying “purchases of urgent military equipment through the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense and demanding unreasonable or even illegal terms,” and “sabotaging Kherson and giving it to the Russians to set up the ‘Azov’ battalion tragedy.”
Mr. Yermak has been accused previously of having close links to the Kremlin, though he denies the accusations.
Mr. Nikolenko accused Ms. Spartz of attempting to “bring back into American politics classic narratives of Russian propaganda about Ukraine‘s leadership’s seemingly ties to Russia and to drag our state into U.S. domestic politics.”
Earlier last week, Ms. Spartz entered the fray with a statement in which she accused Mr. Biden and Mr. Zelenskyy of “playing politics with people’s lives” as the war in Ukraine rages with no clear end in sight.
“President Biden has to stop playing politics, have a clear strategy and align security assistance with our strategy,” Ms. Spartz said in her statement in which she listed “urgent action items needed to get the situation under control.”
She said Mr. Zelenskyy “has to stop playing politics and theater, and start governing to better support his military and local governments,” and called on Congress to “establish proper oversight of critical infrastructure and delivery of weapons.”
Ms. Spartz is hardly an isolationist when it comes to the war in Ukraine.
She has introduced several measures in support of Ukraine since Russia’s invasion of her homeland in late February including a bill to allow U.S. citizens to fight for Ukraine and legislation to remove red tape from U.S. aid shipments to the country.
She offered a resolution in early March expressing “unequivocal support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.”
In May, Ms. Spartz voted in favor of the $40 billion supplemental aid package for Ukraine which 57 of her Republican House colleagues voted against.
Her recent criticism, however, suggests that she does not offer her support for Ukraine blindly.
“My understanding of the situation in Ukraine is not from books or theories or surveillance reports and analytics, but from seeing and hearing what’s actually happening with my own eyes,” she said.
• Joseph Clark can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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