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Former Ukrainian Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko has denied U.S. media reports that he urged two associates of U.S. President Trump's personal lawyer Rudolph W. Giuliani to push for the removal of Marie Yovanovitch, the former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine who was forced out in May.

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"That's not true. I have never had any agreements with Giuliani and had never incited to any action," he told the Ukrayinska Pravda online newspaper.

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At the same time, Lutsenko confirmed he was familiar with Giuliani's associates Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman.

"Giuliani introduced me to them. We talked on common topics. I had no business relations with them," the former prosecutor general said.

As UNIAN reported earlier, NBC News wrote with reference to a U.S. official that Lutsenko was the Ukrainian official who had urged two associates of Rudy Giuliani to push for the removal of Yovanovitch.