Kurt Volker, Trump’s Envoy for Ukraine, Resigns – The New York Times

Instead, Vice President Mike Pence, whose trip to Mr. Zelensky’s inauguration had been canceled to increase leverage on the Ukrainian government, according to the whistle-blower complaint, was sent to meet with Mr. Zelensky in Warsaw in his place.

Mr. Volker’s departure, which was first reported by The State Press, the student newspaper at Arizona State University, leaves the Trump administration with few senior officials versed in Ukraine’s struggles with Russia.

In recent months, the administration has lost John R. Bolton, the national security adviser; Fiona Hill, the top Europe official on the National Security Council staff; and Dan Coats, the director of national intelligence, all of whom sympathized with Ukraine in its conflict with Russia.

Moreover, the United States Embassy in Kiev is still without an ambassador after the administration yanked home Marie L. Yovanovitch, a career diplomat who was targeted by the president and Mr. Giuliani for ostensibly being insufficiently loyal, a charge heatedly disputed by her colleagues.

Senator Christopher S. Murphy, Democrat of Connecticut, expressed regret at Mr. Volker’s resignation. “He has a well deserved reputation for fairness, toughness and integrity, which is why I was so disappointed to see him caught up in this mess,” Mr. Murphy wrote on Twitter. “He now must put country first, and tell what he did and what he knows.”


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