Hello, after this week we don’t know more about what and when could stop Putin’s war in Ukraine, but we have learned many new things about what preceded it. A lot has already been written about the motivations and thinking of the Russian president, now high-ranking officials from the government and security environment have also talked more about how the West perceived the period before the war and what countries, led by the USA, tried to do to prevent war, or at least they prepared for it as best as possible. Europe: What Happened Before the War As of February 24, we know that American information about Vladimir Putin’s plans was correct. Unfortunately. The White House was told by intelligence that a Russian attack was coming, and now we know a little more about how detailed their information was. However, even they did not avoid one bad guess, which turned out to be crucial. What it’s about: First of all, American journalists should be praised for the fact that, even half a year after the beginning of the Russian invasion, fascinating and new information about the period before the attack is coming. Washington Post reporters talked to politicians, diplomats and advisers to Western leaders, and they told them a lot. For example: the Americans had spies in high places in Russia and they predicted the attack already in October, but they could not estimate the exact date. They realized that they had to scare the Russians away, but they had a dilemma about how to proceed so as not to provoke Russia. They were afraid that the war would not end in Ukraine, but would threaten NATO’s eastern wing and the entire security order that was created after World War II. They also knew exactly that the Russian army would attack Kyiv right from the start, use Belarus and launch an offensive near Chernihiv and the Chernobyl power plant. What they got wrong: Let’s pause for a moment on the last point. It was with him that one of the few erroneous estimates of the United States appeared. However, it was crucial for the course of the war and is the reason why Russia did not take over Ukraine. US intelligence agencies were wrong about This article is exclusive content for Denník N subscribers. Are you a subscriber?Log in
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