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Ukraine's Zelensky faces unprecedented criticism over war warnings

By Liz Sly

18 Aug 2022 · 4 min read

Editor's Note

Ukraine's president has been hailed as a hero in his home country. But comments he made in an interview published this week have sparked a storm of criticism. The Washington Post explains.

KYIV, Ukraine - Until this week, Ukrainians seemed to see President Volodymyr Zelensky as beyond reproach, a national hero who stayed in Kyiv despite the risk to his personal safety to lead his country against invading Russian troops.

Comments he made to The Washington Post justifying his decision to not share with Ukrainians details of repeated U.S. warnings that Russia planned to invade have punctured the bubble, triggering a cascade of public criticism unprecedented since the war began.

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