US intelligence tried to warn Ukraine about Russian invasion, but Zelensky 'didn't want to hear it'
Read also: Biden declassified intelligence on Russian preparations for full-scale Ukraine invasion because of skepticism "Nothing like this has happened since World War II," U. "I know a lot of people thought I was maybe exaggerating. Read also: Putin admits Ukraine invasion is an imperial war to 'return' Russian land According to Biden, "there was no doubt," but "Zelensky didn't want to hear it, nor did a lot of people," the Bloomberg news agency reported on June 11.
Zelensky, intelligence and other high-ranking officials said they had seen Russia's preparations for the invasion, but the "volume and audacity" came as a surprise. According to Oleksiy Danilov, the secretary of Ukraine's National Security and Defense Council, it was expected that Russia would attack on Feb. Read also: How Russians managed to occupy south of Ukraine is impossible to answer right now – Danilov At the initial stage of the invasion, the most difficult situations were seen in Kyiv, Kharkiv, Chernihiv, Sumy, and Mariupol. At the moment, the Russian invaders are trying to capture those territories of the Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts that have been under Ukrainian governmental control since the beginning of the war in 2014.
Before the Russian invaders started shelling settlements in the Donbas, the Ukrainian authorities urged all residents to evacuate. Read also: Russia has not abandoned its goal of crushing Ukrainian statehood Parts of the Zaporizhzhia, Kherson and Kharkiv oblasts have also fallen under Russian occupation. On April 18, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said in his address that the Russian invaders had begun the battle for Donbas and had concentrated a significant part of their army for an offensive in eastern Ukraine. On April 22, Russia announced that during the "second phase" of the war against Ukraine, it plans to completely occupy the Donbas and southern Ukraine, as well as create a land corridor to Crimea.
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