Fake News: Zelensky’s Famous Quote of ‘Need Ammunition, Not a Ride’ Never Happened

A senior official of the United States claims that a famous quote by Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky needing ammunition which helped catapult his credentials as a defiant wartime leader never happened.
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A senior official claims that a famous quote by Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky appears to be fake news, war propaganda. 

The quote about needing ammunition helped catapult his credentials as a defiant wartime leader.

The revelation came amidst a sprawling report by the New Yorker on the Biden administration’s support for Ukraine, which is far more extensive than previously known and includes operational planning at the highest levels.

But Zelensky’s famous line – “I need ammunition, not a ride” – and the fact that it may have been completely fabricated and promoted by the media ad nauseam casts a further pall on a war narrative that has at times seemed crafted by the heavy hand of a former actor.

From the New Yorker:

Two days into the invasion, the Associated Press reported that Zelensky had rejected a U.S. offer to evacuate him from Kyiv, saying, “I need ammunition, not a ride.” A senior U.S. official said, “To the best of my knowledge, that never happened.” The official added, “But hats off to Zelensky and the people around him. It was a great line.”

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Zelensky’s Ammunition Line Fake?

If you’re searching for evidence that the American media are perfectly fine with helping to perpetuate falsehoods in the war effort in Ukraine, you need look no further than the Washington Post and fact-checker Glenn Kessler.

Kessler analyzed the claim that Zelensky had uttered the quote: “I need ammunition, not a ride.”

Though he admitted the claim was not easily verifiable, he concluded using Zelensky’s press secretary that “the quote, even if not accurate, reflects the moment.”

At least he tried. The rest of the media simply ran with it.

This isn’t the first time stories coming out of Ukraine had proven to be completely orchestrated in an effort to drum up emotional support from the United States.

Around the same time as the Zelensky ‘ammunition’ quote, a story was developing about a defiant group of 13 Ukrainian border guards defending Snake Island in the Black Sea who reportedly told a Russian warship to “go f*** yourself” after being ordered to surrender.

The 13 Ukrainian border guards were initially widely reported as killed as the Russian warship opened fire with barreled guns and aircraft bombing Snake Island.

Zelenskyy said during a press briefing that the guards died “heroes” and even said the 13 would be posthumously awarded the title of Hero of Ukraine.

It was later reported they were still alive and in Russian captivity.

(In full transparency, The Political Insider covered both the initial story and the revelations.)

Then, of course, there is the infamous ‘Ghost of Kyiv‘ propaganda promoted by some prominent figures here in the United States. Some, like Rep. Adam Kinzinger, were so willing to believe the story they promoted fake images of a meme-character known as Samuel Hyde.

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‘Go Away, Troll’

It’s breathtaking the number of stories like the Zelensky ammunition fairytale that have been thrust upon the American people as a means to justify the absurd level of financial and military support being offered to Ukraine at our expense.

Fox News host Tucker Carlson has seemingly had enough, eviscerating Zelensky for making further outrageous demands for financial aid while the United States economy, and the American people, are suffering.

“Zelenskyy is now shaking down our cowardly Congress for more cash at the very moment our own economy and our own borders are collapsing,” Carlson fumed.

“Some uppity foreigner in a T-shirt demanding money for his critical economic needs. We have critical economic needs too, buddy,” he added. “Who are you, troll? Go away.”

Ukrainian misinformation is just as troublesome as that being perpetuated by the Russians. Why aren’t Americans equally skeptical?

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