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US Official Urges Greater Transparency from Kyiv on Battlefield Realities

Fri 29 Mar 2024 | 02:35 PM
By Ahmad El-Assasy

James Rubin, a senior American diplomat and current head of the Global Engagement Center at the U.S. Department of State, has called on Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to be "more open" with information regarding the war in Ukraine. 

Rubin, who served as an advisor to President Bill Clinton, expressed concerns about the Ukrainian government's reluctance to embrace the type of information freedom typical in the United States, according to a report by Politico.

Rubin's advice comes amid intensifying conflict and recent Russian gains in key areas, coupled with a waning international focus on the Ukrainian war due to other crises, including Israel's war on Gaza. 

The plea for more openness also aligns with increasing requests from Zelensky's government to the United States and Western countries for the resolution of pending military aid issues and the provision of additional air defense systems, vital for Kyiv amidst ongoing Russian attacks on Ukrainian cities and infrastructure.

Highlighting the importance of press freedom, Rubin noted that war reporters sometimes broadcast stories that may not align with Zelensky's interests. 

However, he argued that having war correspondents cover the conflict, even if it occasionally involves adverse news, is preferable to the controlled media environment imposed by Russia on its population. 

Rubin acknowledged that while Ukraine is moving in the right direction towards democracy, it has yet to achieve full democratic status, with implications for information flow.

This call for increased transparency reflects the complex balance between national security concerns and the democratic value of freedom of information, particularly in a war-torn country striving towards greater democracy amidst external aggression.