President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky He says he strategically scaled down the impending Russian invasion to prevent a financial panic, which he says would have led to a rapid decline in the Kremlin in his country.
Zelensky described in an interview the delicate balancing act he faced leading up to the attack. Washington Post published on tuesday, The Ukrainian leader’s remarks shed light on why Zelensky publicly refuted the statements of US officials who accurately predicted Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
as Russian President Vladimir Putin 100,000. deposited more than Soldiers on its border with Ukraine in January, President Joe Biden And other US officials swiftly sounded the alarm that Russia would launch an invasion.
Relying heavily on Western military aid, Zelensky sought to maintain relations with the US, as well as criticized US warnings of a Russian incursion as “exaggeration”.
“I am the President of Ukraine,” he said in a press conference in February“And I’m based here and I think I know the details better here.”
Zelensky said that threats of war meant “panic in the market, panic in the financial sector. How much does it cost our country?”
Kremlin at that time seized on crackSaying that Biden’s remarks were destabilizing Ukraine.
talking to PostZelensky explained that asking the Ukrainian public to hoard food and money in preparation for war would paradoxically be a swift victory for Russia.
“You can’t just say to me, ‘Listen, you should start grooming people right now and telling them they need to withdraw money, they need to hoard food,'” Zelensky told the paper. “If we had informed him – and that’s what some people wanted, I won’t name – I would have been losing $7 billion a month since last October, and by the time the Russians attacked, they took us It would have happened in three days.”
Zelensky was quickly provided with detailed US intelligence about the planned invasion of Russia. CIA Director William Burns visited Zelensky secretly in mid-January, sharing intelligence that Russia plans to move quickly from ally Belarus to Ukraine’s capital city, Kyiv, Teathat wall street magazine Reported in April,
Burns reportedly told Zelensky that the Russian military planned to take control of Antonov Airport in Hostomel, outside Kyiv, and that it would be used to fly in troops that would be used to topple the government of Ukraine. Will be done.
When asked about Burns’ warning, Zelensky said Post that Ukraine had intelligence that Russian troops were gathering in Belarus in preparation for a strike that would target the country’s president.
But Zelensky explained them Post That the Ukrainian economy began to lose from $5 billion to $7 billion a month. Zelensky said he needed the money but could not spend it on military pay, calling the situation “some kind of global paradox”.
“I don’t have time for arguments, warnings, commitments—I just have one thing to do,” he said. “I shouldn’t allow them to take over our land, and I have to pay the people who die. It feels exactly like that. There’s no emotion. You have to do it every month.”
newsweek The White House has been reached for comment.