In his statement, Mr. Zelensky echoed this sentiment.
“If you just look at the satellites, you see an increase in numbers and you can’t judge whether this is just an attack threat or just a simple rotation,” he said. “Our experts will delve deeper into that.”
Ukrainian officials have also sharply criticized the decision by the United States, Britain and other countries to withdraw unnecessary staff from embassies in Kyiv, calling it premature. Mr. Zelensky noted that Greece didn’t even take diplomats out of the consulate near the eastern front line, “where you can hear the cannon firing.”
Diplomats “are the last to leave the ship and I don’t think we have the Titanic here,” he added.
The rift was aggravated just over a week ago when Mr. Biden suggested that a “small attack” by Russian forces into Ukraine, rather than a full-fledged invasion, might not cause strong response as the White House promised.
Mr. Zelensky responded publicly on Twitter: “We want to remind the great powers that there are no small invasions and small states,” he wrote. His post angered the White House and Ukraine’s allies on Capitol Hill. “We’re pretty upset,” said one Democratic congressman, who asked not to be named, suggesting that the Ukrainian president had not received the best advice on how to navigate Washington.
The Kremlin has also taken note of the discord.
“Now the Americans have begun to use Ukraine so blatantly and so treacherously against Russia that even the regime in Kyiv has to be wary,” Lavrov said early Friday, commenting on explosion before Mr. Zelensky spoke. “They’re saying, ‘There’s no need to intensify discussion, use military rhetoric, why are you evacuating diplomats? “
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