The Ukrainian president asked to be sent evidence about what caused the plane to crash following US media reports that it was downed by a missile.
Christopher MillerA Ukrainian official involved in internal discussions about the #PS752 crash told me that Zelensky made the public plea because the US had not yet shown him the evidence it claims to have about the crash that was being cited in media reports.
Ukrainian officials initially blamed engine failure for the crash but now say a cause cannot be determined until an official investigation takes place.
Christopher MillerWow, awful news. Ukrainian officials initially blamed engine failure for the @fly_uia crash in Iran but now say a cause cannot be determined until an official investigation takes place. All 176 passengers and crew feared dead.
The private jet used by Giuliani is connected to some of Ukraine’s most controversial figures — and costs $3,300 per hour.
Christopher MillerRudy Giuliani flew to Ukraine this month on WizzAir with a crew from @OANN. But they left on a private jet that costs $3,300 per hour.
Oh, and the jet's owned by Alexander Rovt, who's done biz with Dmytro Firtash.
More in my latest for @BuzzFeedNews
Экс-глава ГПУ Юрий Луценко, 3 декабря встречавшийся в Будапеште с личным адвокатом президента США Рудольфом Джулиани, заявил в интервью Радио НВ, что не знал о его планах по приезду в Киев.
Christopher MillerEx Ukrainian prosecutor & disinfo peddler Yuriy Lutsenko tells @tweetsRadioNV when he interviewed with Rudy Giuliani/OAN in Budapest he had no idea they were going to Kyiv afterward & he was surprised when they were on the same flight. (h/t @berdynskykh_k)
Leaders of Ukraine, Russia, Germany, and France meet on December 9 to seek progress toward ending the only war on the European continent.
Christopher MillerImportant day: Putin and Zelensky meet in Paris for peace talks alongside Merkel and Macron. No major breakthroughs or surprises expected. The meeting itself is a small sign of progress. But the power to end the war in Ukraine still rests with the Kremlin.
Ukrainian and American officials in Kyiv told BuzzFeed News they had no advanced warning of Giuliani’s arrival and only learned about it from media reports.
Christopher MillerRudy Giuliani made a surprise visit to Kyiv and nobody here is happy about it.
My dispatch on what’s been a dizzying past 24 hours in Ukraine’s capital city, with details about Giuliani’s movements and the merry band of conspiracy theorists tagging along.
Christopher MillerAmong those traveling with Giuliani is Andriy Telizhenko, a cigar-loving ex-diplo who's become Trump world’s own "whistleblower." He claims "Soros people" at the US Embassy in Kyiv are trying to block his return to DC to keep him from becoming ambassador.
Some Republican senators recently questioned whether Kyiv tried to sabotage Donald Trump’s campaign in 2016. But the GOP-led Intelligence Committee looked into the theory, and found scant evidence to support it.
Christopher MillerMissed this from @NatashaBertrand yesterday: The GOP-controlled Senate Intelligence Committee investigated the theory that Ukraine meddled in the 2016 election, and cleared Ukraine. Committee even interviewed Alexandra Chalupa.
Inside a strategy to leverage damaging information on Joe Biden from foreign citizens who were politically powerful — and legally vulnerable.
Christopher MillerUkrainian oligarch Dmytro Firtash gives an interview to the NYT. He says Giuliani, via Parnas and Fruman, offered him help with his US legal problems if he hired pro-Trump lawyers Toensing and diGenova and helped with Giuliani's shadow Ukraine campaign.
Сегодня ночью/утром неизвестные вандалы и провокаторы осквернили красными свастиками памятник нашему выдающемуся земляку - Шолом-Алейхему, в Киеве на улице Рогнединской, в нескольких десятках метров...
“While they were playing with our aid, I wonder, did they know we were dying out here?”
Christopher MillerWhile the impeachment inquiry raged in DC, I visited soldiers on Ukraine's front line who depend on US military aid. They told me: “Nobody in your country knows what’s happening here. They don’t know how we are fighting for our lives.” buzzfeednews.com/article/christ… 📸 by @EMaloletka!
Nothing Republican Rep. Devin Nunes does during the hearings makes sense if you watch it in the moment. When it’s posted on Facebook later, though, it works perfectly.
Christopher Miller"Each round of GOP questioning is not meant to interrogate the witnesses...but instead to create moments that can be flipped into Fox News segments, shared as bite-size Facebook posts, or dropped into 4chan threads." Fascinating observations by @broderick.
“DC does not give a shit about Ukraine. It is a tool in their political fight. An object. A dildo with which Dems and GOP fuck each other,” Konstantin Kilimnik told BuzzFeed News.
Christopher MillerNEW: Stuck on a train traveling across Ukraine, I sent messages over WhatsApp to sources to see if they’d been following the impeachment investigation. Almost immediately the source I least expected to hear from wrote back.
It was Konstantin Kilimnik.
Christopher Miller“DC does not give a shit about Ukraine. It is a tool in their political fight. An object. A dildo with which Dems and GOP fuck each other,” Konstantin Kilimnik told me. For @BuzzFeedNews
Marie Yovanovitch was described by those who worked with her as a diplomat’s diplomat. But her early recall from her post in Ukraine has raised questions she's due to answer before Congress.
Christopher Miller@MiriamElder And here's my profile of Yovanovitch. Those who've worked with the former ambassador describe her as a diplomat’s diplomat.
“She is the soul of integrity and dedication to public service,” said one colleague.