Biden says Zelensky ‘didn’t want to hear’ about Russian threat
The US had no doubts that Russian troops intended to cross the border into Ukraine, but Zelensky did not want to hear about it, Biden said
In Kyiv, they did not believe in reports from the US authorities about the risk of Russia using its armed forces on the territory of Ukraine, this reaction is understandable, said US President Joe Biden at a fundraising event in Los Angeles, Bloomberg reports.
“I know a lot of people thought I might be exaggerating, but I knew, and we had evidence to back it up, that he was going to cross the border. There was no doubt. And [Ukrainian President Volodymyr] Zelensky didn't want to hear that, like many people,” — he said.
Since the end of last year, US authorities have repeatedly warned about the risk of hostilities in Ukraine, but Kyiv was skeptical about this information. Zelensky said on February 20 that he was grateful to American intelligence, noting that he trusts the intelligence of Ukraine, which does not see the risk of Russia using the armed forces. He emphasized then: “Put yourself in coffins and wait for the arrival of foreign soldiers” this is not something we are ready to do.
Addressing the Ukrainian people at the end of January, Zelensky urged not to buy matches and products with a long shelf life, saying that the risks did not increase, only the “hype around them” grew ;.
Due to conflicting intelligence assessments of the United States and Ukraine of the emerging situation between the governments of the countries at the beginning of this year, tension grew, sources told CNN. According to them, Zelensky considered the US warnings “excessive attention” to the situation in the country, which provokes panic. Biden and his administration were also irritated by distrust of Washington data, the sources said.
At the end of May, three months after the start of the Russian special operation, Zelensky explained that Kyiv had not followed Washington’s advice to “sound the alarm, dig trenches and evacuate people from the country.” because of the risk to the Ukrainian economy. He noted: “This has affected our financial situation, budget and economy. Now we understand this very well. Zelenskiy also said that in response to allied advice to dig trenches, even before the start of hostilities, he told some of them that Ukraine needed weapons, not shovels.
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Russia launched a special operation in Ukraine on the night of February 24, this decision was made by President Vladimir Putin. He justified his actions by the desire to carry out the demilitarization and “denazification” of the neighboring state, claiming that residents of eastern Ukraine were subjected to abuse and “genocide” for eight years. Putin insisted that the decision was forced. “They could have created such risks for us that it would not be clear further how the country would exist,” — said the President of Russia.
Ukraine, in response, severed diplomatic relations with Russia, introduced martial law and announced mobilization. In Kyiv, they say that in Ukraine “there are no Nazi entities,” said the head of the Russian delegation, Vladimir Medinsky, in March.
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January 25, 1978
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