After U.S. Representative Victoria Spartz (R-IN) cast doubt on the integrity of Ukrainian presidential chief-of-staff Andriy Yermak, U.S. Representative Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) reiterated bipartisan political support of Ukraine and President Zelensky, in a statement on her website on July 9.
Kaptur described Spartz’s allegations as “recklessly providing aid to Putin and his propagandists.”
Kaptur said that U.S. Congress is leading the charge of helping Ukraine in its heroic defiance of Russia’s war of conquest.
“While some Members may seek to sow division and inflame tensions – as a whole, the United States Congress stands firmly behind President Zelensky and his leadership as Ukraine battles for its survival,” said Kaptur.
The breadth and scale of cooperation between the United States and Zelensky’s administration leave no room for doubts about “the loyalty of any official,” the congresswoman added.
“Those who are spreading wild narratives aimed at undermining Ukrainian officials during the war are recklessly providing aid to Putin and his propagandists,” Kaptur said.
“As allies, we will continue working hand in hand with President Zelensky and his office to see that this war is brought to an end.”
Spartz recently penned an open letter to U.S. President Joe Biden, asking him to investigate Yermak’s alleged Russian connections. Citing certain intelligence reports, she called for an urgent effort to either confirm or deny “these serious allegations.”
The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry immediately criticized the letter, suggesting that it was an effort to reintroduce Russian propaganda narratives into U.S. political discourse.
Spartz represents Indiana’s 5th Congressional District; she entered office after 2020 elections. Hailing from Ukraine’s Chernihiv Oblast, Spartz graduated from Kyiv National Economic University before emigrating to the United States in 2000. She visited Kyiv and its suburbs, ravaged by Russian invaders, in April.