Volodymyr Zelensky, the president of Ukraine, has come to his people and stated that his country is heavily expecting to be attacked by a Russian invasion this week, as reported by CNN.
A Facebook post, to be included and translated below, stated that Zelensky spoke out that the Ukrainian government has been told that an invasion will be carried out in two days time, on Wednesday, February 16th:
Great people of a great country! There have been serious external and internal challenges in front of our country, which require responsibility, confidence and concrete actions from me and each of us.
We are intimidated by a great war and once again set the date of the military invasion. This is not the first time. But our state is stronger today than ever.
We strive for peace and want to solve all issues exclusively through negotiations. And Donbass, and Crimea will return to Ukraine. Only in a diplomatic way. We don’t stare at someone else’s, but we won’t give our own. We have an amazing army. Our boys have unique combat experience and modern weapons. This is already times stronger than the army eight years ago. We are confident in our armed forces, and our military too should feel our support, our togetherness and our unity. The basis of our army is the confidence of our own people and a strong economy.
We are told that February 16 will be the day of attack. We will make it a union day. The decree has already been signed. This afternoon we will hang national flags, put on blue-yellow ribbons and show the world our unity.
We have one great European aspiration. We want freedom and are ready to vote for it. 14 thousand defenders and civilians who died in this war are watching us from the sky. And we will not betray their memory.
We all want to live happily, and happiness loves the strong. We have never been able to give up and we are not going to learn that.
Love Ukraine! We are at peace! We are strong! We are together!
As read in various reports, Zelensky has not given the source from whence this information was obtained.
This crops up in the wake of a statement from Antony Blinken, the U.S. Department of State, that the U.S. “is in the process of temporarily relocating our Embassy operations in Ukraine from our Embassy in Kyiv to Lviv due to the dramatic acceleration in the buildup of Russian forces.”
“In the meantime, I have ordered these measures for one reason – the safety of our staff – and we strongly urge any remaining U.S. citizens in Ukraine to leave the country immediately,” stated Blinken, putting out a link to a form online for those “seeking emergency assistance in Ukraine” to utilize, after which “the State Department will follow-up, as appropriate.”
Just in: Blinken announces that the US “is in the process of temporarily relocating our Embassy operations in Ukraine from our Embassy in Kyiv to Lviv due to the dramatic acceleration in the buildup of Russian forces.” Kyiv embassy closing for now. pic.twitter.com/5VHTumr2cX
— Natasha Bertrand (@NatashaBertrand) February 14, 2022
Almost immediately in the wake of media outlets getting ahold of Zelensky’s statements and reporting on them, officials with the Ukrainian government rushed forth to claim that he was just being “ironic.”
“CNN has been told by Mykhailo Podoliak, a Presidential adviser, that Zelensky was being ironic with his comment,” stated Kylie Atwood with CNN in a tweet.
CNN has been told by Mykhailo Podoliak, a Presidential adviser, that Zelensky was being ironic with his comment –> https://t.co/RtPtmZOnyf
— Kylie Atwood (@kylieatwood) February 14, 2022