- Ukraine’s President Admits ‘Russian Invasion’ Fears Driven By “Big Hype”, Blames Media
by Tyler Durden, https://www.zerohedge.com/
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is attempting to calm his population amid persisting and breathless international media reports that over 100,000 Russian troops are set for an “invasion” of Ukraine “at any point” – as the White House has been claiming.
He gave a speech Wednesday toward that end, bluntly calling the current Russia-Ukraine standoff driven by “hype” while urging calm among the Ukrainian citizenry. “The risks have not just existed for a day, and they have not become bigger. The only thing that has become bigger is the hype around them,” Zelensky said.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken had been in Kiev on Wednesday. It didn’t help that he had reiterated prior statements of Jen Psaki who claimed Russia was poised to launch an attack at “very short notice”. Naturally this unleashed a degree of unnecessary panic, with suggestions that grocery store shelves were being emptied and a rush to withdraw cash from banks: