As rumors and ramblings by Joe Biden continue to circulate about the prospects of a Russian invasion of neighboring Ukraine, the Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has called for an “honest response” to his nation’s request to formally join Western alliances.
In a speech at the Munich Security Conference on Saturday, Zelenskyy reaffirmed Ukraine’s desire to become a full member of the European Union and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).
As Zelenskyy spoke to the conference, reports surfaced of alleged shelling and artillery fire in the eastern part of his country near the Russian border. Ukrainian separatists backed by Russia have urged residents to evacuate the area before the rumored invasion began. Russia has reportedly placed between 170,000 and 190,000 troops and equipment near its border with Ukraine.
During his speech on Saturday, Zelenskyy pointed out that his country’s attempts to join the EU have gone nowhere for several years. He wondered why the application was avoided and asked whether Ukraine deserved “direct and honest answers.” He said the same concerns apply to NATO, pointing out that his country has been repeatedly told that “the door is open.”
He added that it now appears “no outsiders are allowed in,” adding that “open doors are good, but we need open answers.” Zelenskyy went on to say that if there are member nations who do not want Ukraine as part of the alliance, they should “be honest about it.”
Regarding the swirling reports of an imminent Russian invasion, Zelenskyy said the rumors and reports are causing unnecessary panic in Ukraine. He said his country is not prepared to “put ourselves in coffins” and “wait for foreign soldiers to come in.” Zelenskyy added that his nation cannot say that a war “will happen tomorrow daily.”
Zelenskyy’s speech followed statements by Joe Biden the day before that he remained “convinced” that Russian President Vladimir Putin fully intended to invade Ukraine at any time. Biden said his intelligence believes that Putin intends to attack “in the coming days” and will “target Ukraine’s capital of Kyiv, a city of 2.8 million innocent people.”