Ukraine: Zelenskyy Cancels Upcoming Trips Amid Russian Offensive

Ukraine: Zelenskyy Cancels Upcoming Trips Amid Russian Offensive
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The Facts

  • Amid a fresh Russian offensive that threatens to break through Ukraine's defensive lines in the Kharkiv region, Ukrainian Pres. Volodymyr Zelenskyy canceled his upcoming foreign travel on Wednesday.

  • Zelenskyy was scheduled to travel to Spain on Friday, where he was scheduled to meet Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez and sign a new bilateral security arrangement, followed by a trip to Portugal shortly thereafter.


The Spin

Pro-Ukraine narrative

Zelenskyy has canceled his foreign travel commitments to ensure that the urgent frontline situation is getting all the attention it needs. Zelenskyy is in constant communication with military chiefs and everything is being done to prevent the further loss of Ukrainian territory.

Pro-Russia narrative

Russia has repeatedly made offers to end the conflict by means of a negotiated settlement. However, if the West and Ukraine are determined to settle the conflict by military means on the battlefield, so be it.


Metaculus Prediction


Establishment split

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