(PatriotWise.com) – Before the Russian invasion last year, CIA Director Bill Burns secretly traveled to Kyiv and met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy to break the news that the Russians were planning to murder him.
According to Chris Whipple in his book, “The Fight of His Life: Inside Joe Biden’s White House,” Zelenskyy was dismissive of the idea that Russians would invade Ukraine without warning. Zelenskyy said that America’s warnings were provoking a “panic,” which took place in January 2022.
This rare public intelligence disclosure by the US suggested that the government felt a high level of confidence in its predictions surrounding Russia’s next moves.
Whipple wrote that Zelenskyy worried that such warnings would have a damaging effect on the Ukrainian economy. The Ukranian president had also noted that Russia threatened Kyiv regularly.
Whipple said the CIA director revealed that Russian Special Forces were headed for Zelenskyy when Burns arrived to “give him a reality check.” President Joe Biden also instructed Burns “to share precise details of the Russian plots.”
Zelenskyy was shocked by the news, according to Whipple, whose book was published on January 17.
In February 2022, Russia invaded Ukraine, beginning Europe’s most significant military confrontation since World War II. Since then, Zelenskyy has reportedly survived more than a dozen Russian murder attempts, according to Ukrainian officials. However, Whipple, who spoke with Burns, gives readers a peek at how Zelenskyy continued to survive the Russian onslaught.
Zelenskyy’s security forces protected him from two Russian attempts on his life because of the intelligence, which was so in-depth.
Burns provided Zelenskyy with a “blueprint of Putin’s invasion plan” during that visit, as was previously reported, to aid in his preparation. He discussed Russian intentions to target Antonov Airport, located north of Kyiv, and use it as a base of operations before attacking Kyiv.
The US has been a crucial ally for Ukraine throughout Russia’s invasion, which started in February 2022. Since the start of the conflict, Washington has given Kyiv security assistance worth billions of dollars, and it has continued to provide Ukraine with intelligence to support its forces on the front lines.
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