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Ukraine opens probe of possible surveillance of ambassador

SIMFEROPOL, UKRAINE - FEBRUARY 27: Police stand guard outside the Crimea regional parliament building after parliamentarians voted for a May 25th referendum on Crimea's autonomy earlier in the day on February 27, 2014 in Simferopol, Ukraine. The Crimean parliament also ousted Crimean Prime Minister Anatoly Mogilev and replaced him with Sergey Aksyonov of the regional Russian Unity Party. Tensions are rising in Crimea following the consolidation of power by the Ukrainian opposition in Kiev and Russian armed forces stationed near the Ukrainian border are on alert. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian police say they have opened an investigation into the possibility that the former U.S. ambassador, Maria Yovanovitch, came under illegal surveillance before she was recalled from her post.

The announcement Thursday came two days after Democratic lawmakers in the United States released a trove of documents that showed Lev Parnas, an associate of President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, communicating about the removal of Marie Yovanovitch as the ambassador to Ukraine.

The Ukrainian Interior Ministry, which runs the police forces, said in a statement that Ukrainian police “are not interfering in the internal political affairs of the United States.”

“However, the published messages contain facts of possible violations of Ukrainian law and of the Vienna Convention on diplomatic relations, which protect the rights of diplomats on the territory of another state,” the statement continued.