Zelensky administration dismisses Biden’s claim Ukraine ignored warnings of attack
According to Nikiforov, Zelensky had asked for preventive sanctions against Russia before the large-scale Russian invasion, but Ukraine’s partners "did not want to hear it. The spokesman noted that at that time the Ukrainian leader had had threeor four telephone conversations with Biden: the two heads of state exchanged views and assessments of the situation in detail. "Therefore, the phrase 'did not want to hear' probably needs clarification,” Nikiforov said. “In addition, if you remember, the President of Ukraine called on (Ukraine’s) partners to introduce a package of preventive sanctions to encourage Russia to withdraw troops and de-escalate the situation. Mykhailo Podolyak, an adviser to the head of the President's Office, also told LIGA.
“We understood perfectly well that Russia was developing different expansionism scenarios. Podolyak said that Kyiv understood the intentions of the Russians and "was preparing for one or another aggressive scenario. However, he noted, there was doubt over the scope of the invasion. "But what is important is the speed with which the government implemented a war economy, and the almost lightning-fast recovery of our country from the state of shock,” Podolyak said. “Finally, it seems to me that it is pointless to accuse a country that has been effectively fighting for more than 100 days in a full-fledged war against a much more powerful opponent, while key countries have failed to curb Russia's militaristic appetites, (although) being fully aware of them.
Ahead of its full-scale invasion, Russia had been deploying troops close to Ukraine's borders since late Oct. Kyiv's Western partners were concerned about possible plans for a large-scale Russian invasion and threatened to impose tough sanctions on Moscow. 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.
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