‘Showtime!’ Air raid sirens heard during Biden’s visit to Ukraine first in 5 days, CNN field reporter says

A CNN reporter noted the oddity of no sirens in Ukraine for five days until President Biden made a surprise visit to the wartorn country and took a stroll with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in downtown Kyiv, making it increasingly appear as though the whole thing was staged.

CNN’s Alex Marquardt reported, “I’ve been here for the past five days. I have not heard any explosions. I have not heard any air sirens, until about half an hour ago, right when President Biden was in the center of Kyiv.”

Even Reuters contended there was no reason for the sirens to blare, “Air raid sirens blared across the Ukrainian capital as Biden visited Kyiv, although there were no reports of Russian missile or air strikes.”

The Biden administration gave Russia advance notice that the president would be visiting Ukraine for “deconfliction purposes.” It is also worth pointing out that when the sirens went off, no one even flinched much less ran for cover.

If there had been a threat, it is unlikely the Secret Service would have allowed Biden to continue his stroll with Zelenskyy. It is also highly unlikely it was a drill that just happened to occur while the president was taking a walk downtown.

The trip to Ukraine’s capital on Monday was made just ahead of the one-year anniversary of Russia’s full-scale invasion of the country.

Photos are circulating of the president walking alongside Zelenskyy close to St. Michael’s Golden-Domed Monastery in the center of the city while inspecting a memorial wall dedicated to those killed fighting Russian troops since 2014.

Biden confirmed the visit on Twitter, “As we approach the anniversary of Russia’s brutal invasion of Ukraine, I’m in Kyiv today to meet with President Zelenskyy and reaffirm our unwavering commitment to Ukraine’s democracy, sovereignty, and territorial integrity.”

“When Putin launched his invasion nearly one year ago, he thought Ukraine was weak and the West was divided. He thought he could outlast us. But he was dead wrong,” the president grandstanded.

“Over the last year, the United States has built a coalition of nations from the Atlantic to the Pacific to help defend Ukraine with unprecedented military, economic, and humanitarian support—and that support will endure,” he added.

Ukraine’s Center for Strategic Communication and Information Security, which operates under the Ministry of Culture and Information Policy, published a propaganda photograph of Biden and Zelenskyy, “Joe Biden is in Kyiv today! On the eve of the first anniversary of large-scale aggression, it is significant for us to see not only verbal support and solidarity but also the presence of our main partners in Kyiv.”

Newsweek reported, “Security risks were clearly present as Biden walked Kyiv’s streets, with air raid warnings sounding across Ukraine after Russian MiG-31 aircraft thought to be carrying Kinzhal hypersonic missiles took to the skies.”

“You see the map of the air raid alerts, it’s all red,” Ukrainian air force spokesperson Colonel Yurii Ihnat told reporters at a briefing on Monday. “I do not know if it is related to the leader of the American people’s [visit] to Ukraine; those flights are going on on a daily basis,” Ihnat said.

Twitter denizens weren’t bashful about calling the visit with sirens going off in the background a staged event:

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Republished with permission from American Wire News Service


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