Monday, February 21, 2022

Ukrainian Ambassador: We will never forget German betrayal

 The Polish government and various politicians for weeks claim that for the current crisis we should thank Germany and their refusal to abandon the Nord Stream 2 project. Now there is one government that has decided to say it aloud on an international forum, Ukraine.

We are still being denied the weapons that Germany can provide. Ukrainians will never forget this betrayal, said Ukrainian Ambassador to Berlin Andriy Melnyk.

According to the United States and NATO, Ukraine is threatened by a Russian invasion. Moscow denies all such plans, amassing hundreds of thousands of troops on the border with Ukraine and trying to force Western countries to ensure that Ukraine will never be admitted to the alliance. The terms of the Kremlin are unacceptable to NATO.

While most Western countries rearm Ukraine, Germany continues to refuse to do so on the grounds of "historical considerations". Instead of ammunition, Berlin offered Kyiv to send 5,000. military helmets (which they never did).

On Monday, the Ukrainian ambassador to Berlin, Andriy Melnyk, made an appeal for the supply of weapons.

- Today we need not only words, not only expressions of solidarity, but we also need weapons to defend ourselves. We are still being denied the weapons that Germany could provide, - he said.

He went on to say that "if Germany continues to decline and if Russian President Vladimir Putin does attack Ukraine in the next few days or weeks, it will mean a defeat for German foreign policy." - And the Ukrainians will never forget this betrayal - he stressed.

Melnyk also called on the West to adopt the sanctions against Russia under discussion "before Kyiv comes under fire."

Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe observers present in eastern Ukraine only on Saturday recorded nearly 2,000 ceasefire violations. As a result of an artillery attack by pro-Russian separatists, 2 Ukrainian soldiers were killed and 4 were injured.