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    KIEV (Sputnik) - Ukraine's State Bureau of Investigation has handed to the national police a report of ex-Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin about then-US Vice President Joe Biden's interference in his work, the Ukrainian News Agency reported on Monday, citing a law enforcement source.

    "The report has been handed over to the police", the source said.

    According to the source, the bureau did not initiate criminal proceedings over the ex-prosecutor general's report but referred it to the police on 31 January.

    During his tenure, Shokin investigated Ukrainian energy company Burisma, which employed Biden's son, Hunter. Shokin was dismissed in April 2016. Biden later publicly admitted that he had threatened to withhold about $1 billion in US military aid to Ukraine unless the latter dismissed the prosecutor.

    Vice President Joe Biden at a meeting of Ukraine's Verkhovna Rada in Kiev. Right: Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. Left: Verkhovna Rada Speaker Vladimir Groisman.
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    Vice President Joe Biden at a meeting of Ukraine's Verkhovna Rada in Kiev. Right: Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. Left: Verkhovna Rada Speaker Vladimir Groisman.

    In late January, Shokin did not rule out that Biden might have been behind his poisoning in Greece in September 2019. According to the ex-prosecutor, he was in intensive care and suffered two cardiac arrests as a result, with doctors saying that the mercury level in his body was five times above the norm. He added that he had asked the Greek police to open a criminal probe over his poisoning.

    US President Donald Trump notably asked Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in a July phone conversation to look into the prosecutor's dismissal and probe Hunter's dealings in Ukraine.

    The call triggered an impeachment inquiry against Trump as the Democrats accused the president of soliciting foreign contributions to his 2020 presidential campaign.

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