Day 108: Biden Says Zelenskyy 'Didn't Want to Hear' US Warnings of Invasion

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The Facts

  • Speaking at a Democrat fundraiser in Los Angeles on Fri., US Pres. Biden said he warned Ukrainian counterpart Zelenskyy of a Russian invasion prior to Feb. 24, but alleged his warnings went unheeded.

  • Biden said: "I know a lot of people thought I was maybe exaggerating, but I knew, and we had data to sustain, he [Putin] was going in off the border. There was no doubt. And Zelenskyy didn't want to hear it. Nor did a lot of people."

The Spin

Pro-establishment narrative

Making sure Ukraine continues to be well armed is the only way to fend off Putin and Russia in this unprovoked war of aggression. The US and NATO must not simply offer up their latest and most hi-tech weapons however; combat is about supply lines and the West must ensure basic equipment and ammunition are kept flowing as needed.

Establishment-critical narrative

Multi-billion dollar weapons packages will make little difference in the outcome of the war. The US has been meddling in Ukraine since the end of the Cold War, and what we're witnessing is a geopolitical ponzi scheme to benefit those aligned with the military-industrial complex. War is a lucrative racket.

Nerd narrative

There's a 5% chance that at least 100,000 Ukrainian soldiers will be killed in the Russo-Ukrainian conflict before 2024, according to the Metaculus prediction community.

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