CNN: US Congress split over Ukraine

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    The militant rhetoric of a member of the US Congress, a Ukrainian and an active defender of the interests of her country, Victoria Spartz disappointed representatives of both chambers. The speakers are worried about their efforts to maintain unity on the issue of the Ukrainian conflict, according to CNN Politics.

    “Spartz’s militant rhetoric against Zelensky and his advisers has disappointed lawmakers from both parties, White House officials and members of the Ukrainian parliament. They are concerned that she is undermining their efforts to maintain unity around Ukraine at a key juncture, and openly question where she gets some of her information,” the authors write, citing more than a dozen lawmakers, aides and other administration sources.

    According to the portal, Spartz, without receiving an invitation, independently joined the Congress delegation on a trip to the Polish-Ukrainian border as an “unexpected guest”. However, members of the official delegation said that her presence did more harm than good, as Spartz behaved “controversially” during key meetings with NATO members, generals and government officials.

    The trip was just the beginning of a “bipartisan frustration,” the authors explained. “For almost six months after the start of the conflict, Spartz publicly criticized the Ukrainian authorities, leveled accusations of corruption against the government and some of the top aides to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky,” the article says.

    The congresswoman herself, in an email to CNN, dismissed the anonymous criticism of her. “This accusation is a cowardly misrepresentation by some envious members or employees as we had a very productive bipartisan CODEL in March,” she wrote.

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