Ukraine Latest: Biden Says Zelenskiy Tuned Out Invasion Warnings
(Bloomberg) -- US President Joe Biden said Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy brushed off warnings that Russia would invade his country in the lead-up to the Feb. Biden acknowledged that the possibility of Russian President Vladimir Putin launching a full-scale invasion may have seemed far-fetched, saying, “I understand why they didn’t want to hear it. On the ground, Russian forces had some success with their attacks in areas close to Slovyansk and the city of Sievierodonetsk and are trying to gain foothold in the outskirts of several villages in these areas. (See RSAN on the Bloomberg Terminal for the Russian Sanctions Dashboard. Ukraine Seeks New IMF Deal to Shore Up Its War-Ravaged Finances Russia Cuts Rates to Pre-War Level With Eye on Ruble and Economy Chef José Andrés Warns US Food Aid to Ukraine Going to Waste
Austin Urges United Front in Asia to Stop Repeat of Ukraine (5:30 a. US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin vowed to help Asian nations push back against what he said was Chinese “bullying,” describing the efforts as necessary to prevent a repeat of the Ukraine crisis in the Pacific. Austin used a speech to Asia’s biggest security conference Saturday in attempt to reassure the region it was at the “heart of American grand strategy,” despite the European conflict consuming US attention and resources. “Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is what happens when oppressors trample the rules that protect us all,” Austin told a ballroom filled with defense and security officials from around the globe. Japanese Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi said ties between Moscow and Beijing may deepen further as Russia is under intense international sanctions. Biden said Zelenskiy tuned out warnings that Russia would invade Ukraine in the lead-up to the February attack. “I know a lot of people thought I was maybe exaggerating, but I knew, and we had data to sustain, he was going in off the border.
The president acknowledged that the possibility of Russian President Vladimir Putin launching a full-scale invasion may have seemed far-fetched, saying, “I understand why they didn’t want to hear it. Chef Warns US Food Aid to Ukraine Going to Waste (12:30 a. José Andrés urged US lawmakers to funnel aid into Ukrainian infrastructure to help the war-shattered nation more effectively, rather than spending money on food donations. “Large quantities of unwanted food are being delivered today with little regard for what the people of Ukraine can or want to eat,” the star chef told lawmakers on Friday. The Senate in May cleared a more than $40 billion Ukraine aid package, which included billions of dollars in funding for international disaster assistance, as well as $760 million in global food aid through the State Department. Russian troops are outnumbering Ukrainian armed forces and are better supplied in terms of military equipment and weapons with the fight for the eastern province of Donbas grinding on, Zelenskiy’s deputy chief of staff, Ihor Zhovkva, said in an interview on Bloomberg Television.
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