Zelenskyy was offered ‘ride from Ukraine’ as early as Feb. 19, Ukrainian official says

13 September, 04:58 PM
Zelenskyy speaks at a conference in Munich on February 19, during which he was first offered to leave Ukraine (Photo:Office of the President of Ukraine)

Zelenskyy speaks at a conference in Munich on February 19, during which he was first offered to leave Ukraine (Photo:Office of the President of Ukraine)

Ukraine’s Western partners said Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyyshould flee Ukraine and establish a government-in-exile days before Russia’s full-scale invasion, Zelesnkyy’s Deputy Chief-of-Staff Andriy Sybiha told NV on Sept. 10.

According to Sybiha, the proposal came when Zelenskyy attended the Munich Security Conference on Feb. 19.

“It was proposed that the president remain (in Germany),” said Sybiha.

Zelenskyy reportedly replied that he “had breakfast in Kyiv (before travelling to the conference), and will have dinner (back) in Kyiv” the same day.

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Before the Feb. 24 invasion, most Western governments were certain Ukraine had little chance of effectively resisting a Russian invasion and regime change.

Subsequent events have drastically changed the world’s attitude, Sybiha said. Commenting on the flow of Western weapons to Ukraine, the official stressed the need for modern anti-air defense systems.

“Securing our skies and establishing a solid air defense system would make us much more resilient,” he said.

Sybiha added that Kyiv also needs modern main battle tanks – something Ukraine’s partners have been reluctant to provide thus far.

“Those are the weapons we need to meet our objectives by winter,” said the official.

Sybiha warned that the coming winter will present a challenge to Ukraine and the resolve of its Western partners.

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