For some reason, our government leaders decided that Ukraine is suddenly an ally we cannot live without. Nothing against Ukraine, but I don’t think most Americans agree. I did some checking, and Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, made some comments this week. I found them interesting.
President Biden on Wednesday sparked confusion and intense criticism over suggestions that Russia would face lesser consequences for launching a “minor” attack against Ukraine, prompting the White House to quickly try to clean up the remarks.
Ukrainian President Zelenskyy on Thursday slapped back at comments made by President Biden during a news conference, during which he suggested the size of a Russian invasion could alter how the U.S. and NATO respond.
“We want to remind the great powers that there are no minor incursions and small nations,” Zelenskyy said in a tweet. “Just as there are no minor casualties and little grief from the loss of loved ones.
“I can’t be like other politicians who are grateful to the United States just for being the United States,” Zelenskyy told reporters during a news conference here.
As his country takes in billions of dollars of economic and military assistance from the West, Zelenskyy expressed frustration with the public assessments made by the United States and other allies who believe an incursion is increasingly likely, and he appeared to criticize president Biden directly for statements earlier this week indicating Russian forces could advance on Ukraine as soon as next month.
Speaking to foreign reporters in Kyiv, the Ukrainian capital, on Friday, Zelenskyy said Ukraine’s economy had been damaged by what he said was a false perception that Ukraine is on the brink of war, calling decisions by the U.S. and the U.K. to withdraw families of embassy staff a “mistake.”
“They’re saying tomorrow is the war. This means panic in the market, panic in the financial sector,” he said. “How much does it cost our country?”