Trump's conspiracy theories thrive in Ukraine, where a young democracy battles corruption and distrust

Kim Hjelmgaard, USA TODAY

In a muddy field 5,000 miles from Washington, D.C., are a set of gas wells that extend several thousand feet underground.

The wells are owned by Burisma, a Ukrainian company registered in Cyprus – a company no one outside the energy industry would have known a month ago.

Now this place is ground zero for a central claim – one with no credible evidence – in a scandal that has engulfed the Trump administration in an impeachment inquiry: that former Vice President Joe Biden forced the Ukrainian government to fire a prosecutor in order to protect his son Hunter Biden, who served on Burisma's board. 

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