During an appearance in Los Angeles, US President Joe Biden criticized his Ukrainian colleague. Volodymyr Zelenskyy ignored warnings of a Russian invasion shortly before the start of the war.

According to US President Joe Biden, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy ignored warnings of a Russian invasion shortly before the start of the war. There was “no doubt” that Russia would “cross the border,” Biden said at an event in Los Angeles on Friday. “Zelenskyj didn’t want to hear that, and neither did many others.”

“I know a lot of people thought I was exaggerating,” he said, referring to US warnings of a possible Russian attack. However, the US government had data to support its assessment.

The United States had warned of an invasion

The United States had warned against taking such a step long before Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24. At the time, the statements were met with disbelief and even criticism from some European countries. Some countries accused Washington of alarmism.

Joe Biden condemns the storming of the Capitol

Biden also commented on the storming of the Capitol. Almost a year and a half later, he says, ex-President Donald Trump and his supporters still pose a threat to US democracy. Biden said the same “forces” that sparked the Jan. 6, 2021 riots in Washington are “still at work today”.

“The January 6 uprising is one of the darkest chapters in our country’s history,” Biden added. The storming of the congress building was a “brutal attack on our democracy” and the rule of law. Biden therefore called on his compatriots to “protect our democracy”. The fight for the soul of the country is “far from won”.

On January 6, 2021, hundreds of radical Trump supporters stormed the Capitol as Biden’s victory in the November 2020 presidential election was to be certified there. The riots that left five dead caused horror around the world.

On Thursday, the parliamentary committee of inquiry into the storming of the Capitol held Trump responsible for the events at its first public hearing. Trump “incited the demonstrators to riot,” said committee chairman Bennie Thompson when presenting the first investigation results. The storming of the Capitol was “the culmination of an attempted coup”.