An interesting sidelight on this issue:
I didn't notice a news report on the following in the Australian media, but it makes you wonder about the whole issue!
In a media meet-up Ukrainian President (pictured) told the assembled journalists.
Press stunned as Ukraine leader points finger at west Nury Vittachi - Feb 1, 2022
In a stunning and unexpected outburst this week, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky told the press that his country’s current problems came from the West rather than the East.
The fears of a looming war were built on news stories that Russia had troops on the border it shares with the country — but this was not unusual, and there had been a similar assembly of soldiers a year ago, he said.
The truth was that the threat level had not changed, he told a press conference this week.
Furthermore, the real threat to Ukraine was not Russia, but the “destabilisation of the situation inside the country” he told journalists.
The cause of the panic was the press itself, Zelensky said.
Correspondents at the event were discomfited. The event was “a slightly surreal encounter” said the BBC’s Sarah Rainsford.
The Ukrainian leader went on to slam the US, British and other Western diplomats who were fleeing the country, as if the much-described war was actually real.
He denied that Ukraine was a sinking ship, but even if they saw it that way, “diplomats are like captains. They should be the last to leave a sinking ship.” unquote,
Link: (For full article) https://johnmenadue.com/press-stunned-as-ukraine-leader-points-finger-at-west/
There's more, of course, and I guess some may say that we may expect that sort of talk from someone with a Russian name. (The journalists name is Nury Vittachi ) But the basic question is did or did not Zelensky say what he's quoted as saying. If he did, are we entitled to ask why the Western press is raising the issue temperature?