/Impeachment inquiry hearing: Live updates – CNNPolitics

Impeachment inquiry hearing: Live updates – CNNPolitics

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In her opening statement, former Ukraine ambassador Marie Yovanovitch talked about the importance of US security support for Ukraine.

On US relations with the country, Yovanovitch said, “We see the potential in Ukraine. Russia sees, by contrast, sees the risk.” 

On US relations with the country, she laid out how the Ukrainians “match our objectives.” 

“The US is the most powerful country in the history of the world, in large part because of our values. And our values have made possible the network of alliances and partnerships that buttresses our own strength,” she said.

Yovanovitch talked about the “hot war” currently going on between Ukraine and Russia.

“Now Ukraine is a battleground for great power competition with a hot war for the control of territory in a hybrid war to control Ukraine’s leadership,” she said. 

She noted that the US has provided “significant security assistance” since the war broke out in 2014 — and talked about the consequences if Russia defeats Ukraine.

“If Russia prevails, and Ukraine falls to Russian dominion, we can expect to see other attempts by Russia to expand its territory and its influence.” 

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