A congresswoman with Ukrainian roots harshly criticized Zelensky: the American media found hidden motives for these actions in her
US Congresswoman Victoria Spartz, who accused the Ukrainian authorities of poor preparations for the war, allegedly lobbied for the interests of an American military contractor from whom Kyiv did not want to buy goods. The magazine writes about it Newsweek with reference to his own anonymous sources in the Ukrainian government.
On March 8, a meeting was held in Warsaw, the details of which were not previously reported. Allegedly, this meeting at the embassy caused concern, because during it the congresswoman seemed to defend the interest of an American military contractor. However, Kyiv did not want to work with him.
Newsweek sources reports - without any specifics and names
The congresswoman attended a meeting with military contractor William R. Brown of Nevada-based Battle Born Munitions, Inc (BBM) to facilitate the transfer of 1 million munitions received by Ukraine in late March on behalf of California-based Ammo Inc. Ukrainian sources say the 43-year-old businesswoman wanted Kyiv representatives to buy additional goods and suggested that she could benefit from this. Victoria Spartz denies these claims.
Newsweek allegedly obtained this information from a Ukrainian government official who attended the meeting, who spoke to journalists on condition of anonymity: “She (Spartz) just said that this is a serious company and they have what Ukraine needs, and she hoped that Ukrainians will pass their proposals on to the right people… she lobbied.”
Newsweek magazine cites two subsequent letters sent by Brown to embassy officials in Warsaw. The emails contained a BBM brochure on military equipment, including heavy machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades, available for purchase. These points were “discussed yesterday during our meeting and interaction with Congressman Spartz,” Brown said in an email. However, the magazine did not publish the letters.
Newsweek writes that it allegedly has a request from the Ukrainian state-owned company Ukrspetsexport to BBM regarding the potential supply of rockets to multiple launch rocket systems. But a source close to Zelenskiy, who also wished to remain anonymous, told Newsweek that BBM had asked for an exclusive contract to supply Ukraine with munitions. Kyiv, they said, had concerns about the firm's supply chain.
“We were very surprised that a member of Congress actively promoted private commercial interests, especially during the war,” added an anonymous source. "We can only speculate about her motivations, but no other member of Congress has ever done so from our experience."
The source said they were "surprised" that "Spartz was so belligerent while the Ukrainians were fighting against the Russian invasion. “It was impolite and not constructive,” he added.
Other documents and texts seen by Newsweek indicate that Spartz has offered to organize additional meetings between Ukrainian officials and US contractors in an attempt to bolster Ukraine's special operations and offer other opportunities.
The apparent failure of Spartz's efforts upset the congressman, Ukrainian officials say. One source who recently contacted Spartz, but who asked not to be named because they were not authorized to release details of the conversations, said she was "very angry" at the refusal of senior officials in the Department of Defense and the presidential administration to meet with her.
"She's out of her mind," a congressional staffer who asked not to be named told Newsweek. “It looks like no one else will talk to her, not only the Republicans, but also the Ukrainians.”
Another senior congressional official, who also spoke on condition of anonymity, said: “She was very active. And now she's gotten to the point where people don't even want to sit next to her, Republicans or Democrats... She's made herself radioactive."
The Spartz office and the companies in question deny the accusations.
Congressman Spartz's office told Newsweek that she attended the meeting following talks with Ammo Inc. board member. Richard Childress, who tried to transfer ammunition to Ukraine.
Ammo Inc. involved BBM in the logistics of the donation and ran into serious problems. The congresswoman advised BBM to report its findings to the appropriate US authorities," Victoria Spartz's office said in an emailed statement.
Vice President of Sales Ammo Inc. Anthony Tate told Newsweek that the company had no contact with Spartz or the Ukrainian government after it donated the munitions and did not express concern about Ukraine's behavior.
Spartz's office said she was not violating internal regulations or receiving "any remuneration" for her work, but was "just trying to help streamline the bureaucracy to help Ukraine faster." The congressman's office dismissed the accusations as "disinformation" and an attempt to "denigrate" her.
BBM CEO Fred Heath told Newsweek that the firm had no prior relationship with Spartz and has not partnered with it since.
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Recall that Victoria Spartz is known for public criticism of the Kyiv government, she called on President Vladimir Zelensky to fire his right hand Andriy Yermak. She spoke of the existence of "a variety of intelligence information about the actions of Mr. Yermak in Ukraine and his possible connections with Russia." She wrote about this in a letter to US President Joe Biden.
The congresswoman named the main claims against Yermak, among which are quite serious accusations related directly to a full-scale war against Russia.
At the same time, Spartz continues to advocate for increased cooperation between the United States and Ukraine, despite her concerns about Zelensky's inner circle.
As ForumDaily wrote earlier:
- Member of the U.S. House of Representatives of Ukrainian origin Victoria Spartz on June 9 turned to U.S. President Joe Biden with a request to provide explanations about the head of the Office of the President of Ukraine AnDrey Yermak and his probable connections with Russia.
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