‘Ukrainians, freedom need to prevail’

Former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch arrives to testify to the House Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Nov. 15, 2019, during the second public impeachment hearing of President Donald Trump's efforts to tie U.S. aid for Ukraine to investigations of his political opponents.

As the Russian invasion of Ukraine dominates world news, Marie Yovanovitch, the former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, will speak today at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville about the crisis and the role of American diplomacy in world affairs.

In addition to serving as ambassador to Ukraine, Yovanovitch also was U.S. ambassador to Armenia and Kyrgyzstan, and filled roles for the State Department in Canada, Russia, Somalia and the United Kingdom.

Yovanovitch is the child of refugees from World War II-era Europe, a fluent Russian speaker and earned a bachelor’s degree in history and Russian studies from Princeton University and a master’s degree from the National Defense University.

Yovanovitch spoke exclusively with Knox News Executive Editor Joel Christopher in advance of her appearance as part of the Ashe Lecture Series of the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy. This Q&A has been lightly edited for length and clarity.

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