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Biden claims ‘Zelensky didn’t want to hear’ his invasion would invade

LOS ANGELES (AP) — President Joe Biden, speaking to donors at a Democratic fundraiser, said Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky “didn’t want to hear it” when U.S. intelligence gathered information. reports that Russia was preparing to invade.

The remarks came as Biden spoke about his work to rally and solidify support for Ukraine as the war continues into its fourth month.

“Nothing like this has happened since World War II. I know a lot of people thought maybe I was exaggerating. But I knew we had data to back it up” – that is to say Russian President Vladimir Putin – “was going to enter, leave the border.

“There was no doubt,” Biden said. “And Zelensky didn’t want to hear it.”

Although Zelensky inspired people with his leadership during the war, his preparation for invasion – or lack thereof – remained a contentious issue.

In the weeks before the war began on February 24, Zelensky publicly bristled when Biden administration officials repeatedly warned that a Russian invasion was very likely.

At the time, Zelensky also feared that the drumbeat of war would disrupt Ukraine’s fragile economy.

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