The U.S. is said to have offered to help Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky evacuated from Kiev, but he declined.
A senior Washington newspaper said Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky responded today after receiving a U.S. request to evacuate: “There is a war going on here and I need ammunition, not evacuation.”
President Zelensky has vowed to stay in Kiev, even after being warned he could be a “first target” and his family a “second target.”
Washington post U.S. intelligence agencies cited U.S. and Ukrainian officials as early as January, warning that President Zelensky’s security would be threatened in the coming weeks.
“We are doing everything we can to keep him informed of Russian military operations and the threat to him personally. We are prepared to support him in any way,” said the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Adam B. Schiff of the Institute of American Studies.
U.S. officials also spoke with Zelensky about a range of security issues, with the Ukrainian president being the safest in the ongoing battle with Russian forces.
President Zelensky had previously announced that he would stay in Kiev with his family. Opponents “want to destroy Ukraine politically by removing the head of state,” he said.
Russian President Vladimir Putin launched a special military operation in Ukraine on February 24, saying Moscow “cannot feel safe, develop or survive under the constant threat from Ukraine”. After two days of operations, Russian troops are closing in on the Ukrainian capital, Kiev, where fighting is raging.
The United States and its allies, including the European Union (EU), have imposed a series of new sanctions on Russia and even President Vladimir Putin. Moscow claims that the series of sanctions shows the West’s helplessness.
The Kremlin said it had offered to meet Ukrainian officials for talks in the Belarusian capital Minsk, but Ukraine delayed the process by proposing talks in Warsaw, Poland.
Yuying (according to guardian)