Ukraine’s President Zelenskyy calls on the public to stop spreading rumors of war, while his Foreign Minister doubles down on threats against Russia’s Black Sea Fleet

Michigan, USA (Notes from Nowhere) — Shortly after meeting with Ukraine’s President Zelenskyy, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken told Ukrainian reporters that 100,000 Russian soldiers had amassed near Ukraine’s borders, posing an “unprecedented threat” to Ukraine, and that the United States would deliver “serious consequences” to Russia in the event of aggression against them.

Secretary Blinken’s comments were accompanied by those of Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba who said that the conflict between Ukraine and Russia will not end until Russian troops have abandoned the Donbas, Crimea, and Sevastopol.

The press conference triggered a mass panic in the country, prompting the Ukrainian president to address the public with a call for calm.

“We need to exhale. Calm down.

“It is not necessary to sweep goods from store shelves, withdraw money from bank accounts, and spread fake horror stories about the war among acquaintances. What should you do? Keep calm, keep your head cool. Do not wind yourself up. React wisely to everything, not emotionally. With your head, not your heart. To know that everything is going according to the plan.”

— President Zelenskyy

Zelenskyy attempted to reassure the public that nothing has changed between Ukraine and Russia, stating that there was no increased threat, and no increase in hostilities… and that the only thing that has grown is everyone’s panic, which he attributed to diplomatic games. But his comments are unlikely to comfort anyone who understand that Russia won’t give up Sevastopol without a fight.

Learn More:

What’s so important about Sevastopol?

Timeline: Troubled Waters in the Black Sea.

Russian leaders attempt to reassure Ukrainian public that war is not imminent, as shipments of weapons are delivered from all over the world.