Ukraine, US bicker over corruption fight ahead of election

Ukraine's top prosecutor says that the U.S. ambassador has given him a list of people who should be immune from prosecution _ a claim quickly rejected by the U.S.

KIEV, Ukraine -- Ukraine and the United States are having a diplomatic spat after Washington criticized the Ukrainian government's anti-corruption efforts ahead of the nation's March 31 presidential election.

The U.S. State Department on Thursday dismissed Lutsenko's claim as false.

The dispute came days after Yovanovitch scathingly criticized Ukraine's record on fighting corruption. She called for the firing of Ukraine's special anti-corruption prosecutor, who has been accused of helping suspects avoid corruption charges.