In their opening statements, both Fiona Hill and David Holmes sought to emphasize what is at stake with the Ukraine scandal and how much it could serve to embolden Russia.
Here's what Holmes said:
“As we sit here, Ukrainians are fighting a hot war on Ukrainian territory against Russian aggression. This week alone, since I have been here in Washington, two Ukrainian soldiers were killed and two injured by Russia-led forces in eastern Ukraine despite a declared ceasefire. I learned overnight that seven more were injured yesterday.”
Hill stated that “the unfortunate truth is that Russia was the foreign power that systematically attacked our democratic institutions in 2016” – hitting back at false claims about Ukrainian interference -- and warned that Russia is preparing to again meddle in the 2020 election.
Here's what Hill said:
"We are running out of time to stop them. In the course of this investigation, I would ask that you please not promote politically driven falsehoods that so clearly advance Russian interests."