Yuri Lutsenko, the much-maligned Ukrainian prosecutor-general, infuriated the US State Department after making unfounded claim that the US Ambassador to Kyiv, Marie Yovanovitch, gave him "a list of people whom we should not prosecute" during an in-person meeting.

"The statement of Ukraine's prosecutor-general does not correspond to reality and is meant to weaken the reputation of Ambassador Yovanovitch," the State Department said.

Lutsenko's assertion came in an interview broadcast by The ...

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