Ukrainian President Zelenskyy’s office released a video that misrepresented Senator Lindsey Graham’s statements on “dead Russians.” The edited clip falsely implied consecutive remarks when they were actually unrelated and taken from different parts of the conversation. The full video reveals the misleading nature of the initial release. Despite this clarification, Russia has issued an arrest warrant for Senator Graham, creating uncertainty about the impact of the updated video on the situation.
Senator Graham made these comments during his visit to Kyiv in support of Ukraine amid the ongoing Russian invasion. Notably, the United States provided Ukraine with $46.6 billion in military aid between January 2022 and February 2023.
In the original video, Senator Graham was captured on camera allegedly saying:
“The Russians are dying… it’s the best money we’ve ever spent.”
Lindsey Graham: "The Russians are dying… it's the best money we've ever spent." pic.twitter.com/Vn1THUjHmO
— COMBATE |🇵🇷 (@upholdreality) May 27, 2023
However, upon watching the complete clip, it becomes evident that Senator Graham’s quote was misleading and inaccurate. The two sentences were unrelated and not connected to each other.
The United States is days away from a default and Lindsey Graham is in Ukraine promising to give away more of your tax dollars.pic.twitter.com/UsySlvrlbw
— Collin Rugg (@CollinRugg) May 27, 2023
Russia has reportedly issued an arrest warrant for Senator Lindsey Graham, likely in direct response to the video. However, it remains uncertain whether the updated video will provide clarity to the situation for Russia.
Russian President Vladimir Putin’s spokesperson, Dmitry Peskov, criticized the senators, stating:
“It’s difficult to conceive of a more disgraceful situation for the country than having such senators.”
In a Twitter statement, Graham expressed his satisfaction, stating:
“To learn that my dedication to Ukraine has provoked Putin’s regime fills me with immense joy.” He further affirmed his unwavering support for Ukraine’s freedom, declaring that he would persist in standing against Russian presence on Ukrainian soil. Defiantly, he declared the arrest warrant issued by Putin’s corrupt government as a Badge of Honor.
Graham is one of over 200 U.S. lawmakers who were banned by Moscow from entering Russia last year.