Internet users are massively spreading the alleged statements of US President Joe Biden criticizing the Ukrainian government. “Ukraine has not done enough to protect itself! We talked about Russian attacks for three months and the Ukrainian authorities ignored us. 28 – remember that number – that’s the number of reports we gave to the Ukrainian side, and they called us alarmists,” they quote the US president.
Posts with Biden’s “quote” began appearing on the morning of March 26. The first Facebook post of the quote is linked to a KyivMiskBudda Twitter account. At this time, this tweet is no longer on this Twitter feed, but it is still cached. The tweet begins with the words “If Biden were Zelensky.”
Some social media accounts circulated this text, claiming it was a genuine quote from a speech President Biden gave in Warsaw on Saturday, March 26.
President Biden did not utter those words, however, either during his Warsaw speech or during his other public appearances. StopFake analyzed his public speeches as well as transcripts of meetings with the media for the period from February 24 to March 26, 2022. We did not find that this criticism or similar criticisms were made by the US President towards of the Ukrainian government.
On the contrary, an analysis of Biden’s speeches shows that the statements circulated on the Internet contradict the position of the White House and what the American president actually said. We have selected some quotes from Joe Biden on Ukraine’s defensive capabilities and the actions of the country’s government.
From President Zelenskyy to every Ukrainian, their fearlessness, their courage, their determination inspire the world. Groups of citizens blocking the tanks with their bodies. Everyone from students to retired teachers have become soldiers defending their homeland. (State of the Union Address, March 1, 2022)
I have spent countless hours uniting our European allies. We shared with the world in advance what we knew Putin was planning and precisely how he would try to falsely justify his aggression. (State of the Union Address, March 1, 2022)
I just spoke for a while with President Zelenskyy of Ukraine. I told him, as I have every time we have spoken, that the United States stands with the Ukrainian people and their courage – as they courageously fight to defend their country. And they do that. (Remarks by President Biden announcing actions to continue to hold Russia accountable, 11.03.2022).
We have already committed over $1.2 billion in security assistance for the people of Ukraine over the past year. (Remarks by President Biden while signing HR 2471, “Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2022”)
But because our response — because our response is working, because the Ukrainians are fighting so valiantly and using the equipment we gave them — and the United States alone has committed over $2 billion to the NATO. The idea that they don’t have enough fancy equipment just isn’t accurate. And I’m not going to take the time to go into all the details here, but the fact is that they have every – every piece of equipment – every piece of equipment that makes rational sense, based on our military and the military of the NATO, for them to be able to do what they do. And they’re wreaking havoc on the – on the Russian army, whether it’s their tanks or their helicopters or their planes. (President Biden’s remarks before quarterly Business Roundtable CEO meeting, 21.03.2022).
You’re going to see — you’re going to see women, young people standing — standing in the middle of — in front of a fucking tank, just saying, “I’m not leaving. I hold on. “They are amazing. But they are inspired a lot by us. (Remarks by President Biden during a visit with soldiers from the 82nd Airborne Division, 25.03.2022).
I know you all didn’t believe me and us when we kept saying, “They’re going to cross the border. They will attack. On several occasions, he asserted: “We have no interest in waging war. Guaranteed it wouldn’t move. Repeatedly repeating that he would not invade Ukraine. Repeatedly repeating that Russian troops along the border were there for “training” – all 180,000 of them. (President Biden’s remarks on the united efforts of the free world to support the people of Ukraine, 26.03.2022).
In the years leading up to the invasion, we America sent over $650 million, before they crossed the border, in arms to Ukraine, including anti-aircraft and anti-armour equipment. Since the invasion, America has committed an additional $1.35 billion in arms and ammunition. And thanks to the courage and bravery of the Ukrainian people — (applause) — the equipment that we have sent and that our colleagues have sent has been used with devastating effect to defend Ukrainian land and airspace. Our allies and partners have also mobilized. (President Biden’s remarks on the united efforts of the free world to support the people of Ukraine, 26.03.2022).
But he, Putin, thought that the Ukrainians would turn around and not fight. Not much of a history student. Instead, Russian forces met their match with courageous and firm Ukrainian resistance. Rather than shatter Ukrainian resolve, Russia’s heavy-handed tactics have bolstered resolve. (President Biden’s remarks on the united efforts of the free world to support the people of Ukraine, 26.03.2022).
On March 10, Oleksiy Danilov, secretary of the Ukrainian National Security and Defense Council, said Ukraine knew and was preparing for a possible Russian invasion of Ukraine. Ukraine was preparing for full-scale war with Russia but could not openly communicate this to the public. “We could not tell society that tomorrow there will be war. This was unacceptable, as it was one of the tactics of the Russian Federation, to start chaos here. We held out until the last, we prepared until the last. We clearly understood that this would happen. said Danilov.
Secretary Danilov said Ukrainian authorities began to assess the risk of war as real in November 2021, believing that Russia would carry out an offensive in Kharkiv, Donetsk, Luhansk and towards Crimea. “The only thing I can say is that we didn’t expect this to happen directly from Belarus. We didn’t expect such a ‘stab in the back’. We don’t We didn’t expect them to go on all fronts. It was a surprise for us – I can say that,” Oleksiy Danilov told a press conference on March 10.