He has now offered an apology on his Substack newsletter, saying he was "sorry".
“Part of news and even commentary is admitting mistakes, and though I always made sure when discussing the subject to note Vladimir Putin could still invade Ukraine, I have to admit, I didn’t see this happening,” he said.
He\u2019s not the one who put the February 16th date out there - the U.S. did, in news outlets all over the world. Zelensky was not at fault, he was trying to amp tensions down by making a joke of it.https://twitter.com/WetRocco/status/1494348874756104197\u00a0\u2026
Taibbi continued: “Some old colleagues I trust, including some Putin-critical Russians, didn’t see it, either, but in many cases they just didn’t want to believe it, for reasons that are more understandable from their perspective.
“My mistake was more like reverse chauvinism, being so fixated on Western misbehavior that I didn’t bother to take this possibility seriously enough. To readers who trust me not to make those misjudgments, I’m sorry.”
Taibbi went on to say: “Obviously, Putin’s invasion will have horrific consequences for years to come and massively destabilize the world.”
The journalist also said he still believes in a healthy scepticism of government claims.
It comes after several explosions were heard in Kyiv during the early hours of Friday, with Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskyy confirming that the Russian assault resumed at 4 am local time.