Biden blames Zelensky for deterioration of Ukrainian crisis
As the Russians advance in Ukraine, the cost of a proxy-war becomes heavy on the US as it is faced with a record high inflation, which is driving the US President to point fingers at everyone, even Zelensky.
At a Democratic fundraiser event in Los Angeles, on Friday, the Associated Press reported a statement by US President Joe Biden claiming the US knew and had valuable data to sustain its knowledge that Russia was “was going to go in, off the border,” but Ukranian President Volodomyr Zelensky "didn’t want to hear it.”
Biden has been deeply involved in the Ukrainian crisis and publicly, alongside the collective-West, rejected the Russian operation in Ukraine. Most recently, Congress had finalized a $40 billion in new military and humanitarian assistance despite the economic crisis the US is presently faced with.
You can support Ukraine without adding another $40 BILLION to our National Debt in the middle of multiple crises at home.— Congressman Troy Nehls (@RepTroyNehls) May 10, 2022
During the fundraiser, the US President focused on the American commitment to supporting Ukraine, claiming that “nothing like this has happened since World War II.”
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Five months into the operation, following the US’ investment of billions of dollars in taxpayer money and the imposition of sanctions that have drastically impacted the world, Biden tells people that the US was aware of Russia’s intent and that he had notified Ukraine, but "Zelensky did not want to hear it."
In response, Ukrainian officials rejected Biden’s account. A spokesperson for Zelensky, Serhiy Nykyforov, told Ukrainian news website LIGA.net that the two presidents held several phone call conferences to discuss the situation in the period prior to Russia’s operation. Additionally, Nykyforov said that Ukraine requested preventive sanctions to de-escalate the situation long before the crisis happened and therefore, “the phrase ‘did not want to hear’ probably needs clarification.”
Zelensky’s advisor, Mykhailo Podolyak, reverberated Nykyforov when he spoke to LIGA.net that it was not a question about whether or not Russia was planning an "invasion", but rather what was the scale of that "invasion".
Podolyak firmly stated that “it is absurd to accuse a country of resisting the aggressor for more than 100 days, which prevails if key countries have failed to stop Russia as a precaution.”
These comments come at a time when Ukraine is on the brink of losing the eastern region of Lugansk to Russia. Kiev is requesting immediate military support knowing it is outgunned militarily by the Russians, and street fights are becoming more intense marking large-scale strategic losses as the city of Severodonetsk became mostly “controlled by Russians,” said the Luhansk governor on Saturday.
The Kremlin has found that Biden’s announcements regarding the military aids, sanction packages, and political involvement in Ukraine come as proof of its intentions against Russia. Therefore, the Kremlin “believe that the United States is deliberately and diligently ‘pouring fuel on the fire.’”