Sarah Ashton-Cirillo, a transgender person who has been a controversial spokesperson, has been kicked out of the Ukrainian military for making illegal posts on social media. This is happening while the Biden administration and Ukraine keep quiet about what will happen to an American journalist who is in jail in Ukraine.
After Ohio Republican Senator J.D. Vance asked about it, the Command of the Territorial Defense Forces (TDF) of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU) made the announcement. The TDF said that Ashton-Cirillo's latest statements were not approved by the command and that an investigation will be done. While the probe is going on, Ashton-Cirillo has been put on hold.
A person close to President Volodymyr Zelensky says that Ashton-Cirillo was given the job without his permission. It's not clear what she said that got her suspended. But it turned out that Ashton-Cirillo had shared a video on social media in which she said that Ukraine was going to "hunt down" people who she said were spreading false information about Russia.
In the meantime, Gonzalo Lira, an American citizen writer, is still in jail in Ukraine. The U.S. State Department has said that they are aware of what's going on with Lira. Ashton-Cirillo has said that she helped bring charges against Lira. Lira, who is a citizen of both the United States and Chile, is being charged because he said that Russia did not attack Ukraine and did not take over Ukrainian land. Lira says that she was tortured and forced to give money while she was in jail.
Senator Vance said, in reaction to Ashton-Cirillo's suspension, that no American money should go to anyone who threatens violence against people who are exercising their right to free speech. He also said that Ukraine's use of Ashton-Cirillo as a spokesman shows that the military is too focused on liberal and neoconservative propaganda. Vance asked for peace, not more fighting. Other conservatives, like Cliff Sims, who was Deputy Director of National Intelligence in the Trump administration, praised Vance for bringing up problems that had been ignored and getting things done.