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In the interview with The Post, published Tuesday [16 Aug], Zelensky cited his fears that Ukrainians would panic, flee the country and trigger economic collapse as the reason he chose not to share the stark warnings passed on by U.S. officials regarding Russia's plans.

"If we had communicated that ... then I would have been losing $7 billion a month since last October [?!], and at the moment when the Russians did attack, they would have taken us in three days," Zelensky said.

oh. OK.
Sevgil Musaieva, editor in chief of Ukrainska Pravda, a Ukrainian news site, posted on Facebook that she was "personally offended" by Zelensky's explanation, saying it called into question the intelligence of Ukrainians. She wouldn't have fled, she said, and the $7 billion a month potential cost to the economy has to be weighed against the lives lost, the swift capture by Russia of parts of southern Ukraine and the fear and intimidation of civilians who unexpectedly found themselves under Russian occupation.
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The lack of warning for civilians living in the threatened areas [Donetsk and Luhansk?], and especially those with children, the elderly and people with impaired mobility, was "not a glitch, not a mistake, not an unfortunate misunderstanding, not a strategic miscalculation -- it is a crime," said Ukrainian author Kateryna Babkina.
language of psychopathy
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If you have to ask .... sure, do it. Why not. Degrees of atrocity and whathaveyou
by Cat on Fri Aug 19th, 2022 at 02:26:23 PM EST
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