In the middle of her third Ambassadorship as Ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch was targeted in a political smear campaign and abruptly recalled from her post.
I had the opportunity to record her in an interview with our host Jim Falk, when she spoke at the Global Santa Fe Gala.
Ironically, she had just been publicly praised for her exceptional work in Ukraine by public officials.
She spoke poignantly of the Russian invasion and how it has impacted the Ukrainian people and inspired the audience with her last comments, “they value independence, they value their freedom. That spirit has continued, they will continue to resist, they will prevail.”
Join the discussion with Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch for an insider’s look into Ukraine.
(left) In 2016, Deputy Secretary of State Tony Blinken swears Yovanovitch in as ambassador to Ukraine. (credit: U.S. Government)
(left) Text of the Oath of Office which Yovanovitch took when she entered the Foreign Service and each time she became ambassador. It is simple and direct: the role of all government officials is to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States.”(credit: Author’s personal collection)