LOS ANGELES — President Joe Biden, speaking to donors at a Democratic fundraiser here, said Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy “didn’t want to hear it” when U.S. intelligence gathered information according to which 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 I might be exaggerating. But I knew we had data to back it up” – that is. – say Russian President Vladimir Putin – “was going to enter, out of the border.
“There was no doubt,” Biden said. “And Zelenskyy didn’t want to hear it.”
Although Zelenskyy 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 Feb. 24, Zelenskyy publicly bristled as Biden administration officials repeatedly warned that a Russian invasion was highly likely.
At the time, Zelenskyy was also concerned that the drumbeat of war was disrupting Ukraine’s fragile economy.
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