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NEW: Ukraine’s Zelensky bowed to Trump's extortion and planned to make an announcement in a Sep 13 interview with CNN's Fareed Zakaria until luck spared him – word of the military aid freeze leaked and Congress was in an uproar so Trump released the funds.
Zelensky aides decided that US military aid and support for peace talks outweighed the risks of appearing to take sides in US politics so they set up an interview for Zelensky to announce the politically motivated investigations Trump had demanded.
~Sep 9: As plans are in motion for Zelensky to give the public statement Trump had demanded, Congress learns of the freeze on Ukraine military aid

Sep 11 [2 days before Zelensky's scheduled interview]: Trump releases the funds; Zelensky’s office quickly cancels the interview
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