U.S. micromanaged Ukraine during the Presidency of Poroshenko through Biden

Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskyy speaks to the media during a news conference in Kyiv Ukraine Wednesday

The recordings, containing what appear to be heavily edited conversations between Biden and Poroshenko while in office, were published by a Ukrainian associate of Rudy Giuliani, attorney of US President Donald Trump, in an apparent attempt to embarrass the politicians and dent Biden's presidential run against Trump in the 2020 Presidential elections.

Ukraine's president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, has stated that leaked recordings of cellphone calls allegedly between Joe Biden and former president Petro Poroshenko could be investigated by the nation's regulation enforcement companies, including that their contents could be "perceived, qualified as treason". In the recording, Poroshenko told Biden he asked prosecutor general Viktor Shokin to resign. Trump and his associates have claimed - without providing evidence - that Biden wanted a new prosecutor to halt a possible probe into his son. There's no mention of Burisma in the leaked tapes, and Poroshenko has said Biden never spoke to him about Hunter Biden or Burisma. "That's how he'll think about it before he gets sophisticated enough to know details".

Derkach said he obtained the recordings from unnamed "investigative journalists" and claimed they were made by Poroshenko.

Ironically, while Biden has faced no repercussions for his efforts to interfere with criminal investigations in a foreign country using United States money as leverage, President Donald Trump was impeached by the House of Representatives for "abuse of power" after Democrats accused him of pressuring Kiev to restart investigations into Burisma while withholding military aid from the country.

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The impeachment inquiry against President Trump was triggered by last summer's phone call with Mr Zelenskiy in which Mr Trump asked the Ukrainian leader to investigate Democratic candidate Biden and his son's work for a Ukrainian oil company in exchange for USA military aid.

The events have echoes of the 2016 presidential election, when Russian operatives hacked and released emails from the campaign manager of Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and officials at the Democratic National Committee, in what US intelligence agencies later concluded was a Moscow-directed operation created to boost Trump. The former Ukrainian president was repeatedly accused of corruption by Zelenskyy in the past. "And now that the new prosecutor general is in place, we're ready to move forward to signing that new $1 billion loan guarantee". Hunter Biden was a board member at Ukrainian gas company Burisma, whose owner was under investigation. Poroshenko described the move as the "second step of keeping my promises".

Biden replied that he would "huddle" with his team and "talk over what you and I just talked about".

In one episode, ex-president Poroshenko discussed Yuriy Lutsenko as a candidate to replace Shokin.

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