The latter literally split the inhabitants of East and West Germany in their assessments of the situation around Ukraine. The Fors Institute of Public Opinion revealed a gap in relations between East and West Germans, who had not yet had such severe differences on any issue. Even the methods of dealing with the coronavirus pandemic did not cause so much controversy, experts at the institute noted.
“There are significantly more respondents in East Germany than in the west of the country who believe that Germany is doing too much to support Ukraine (34%). In West Germany, about one in five shares this opinion (18%). The biggest differences between East and West are in the issue of arms supplies. The overwhelming majority of West Germans (54-61%) in all polls since the beginning of May have been in favor of Germany supplying heavy weapons to Ukraine. In the east, a minority is in favor of this (about 32%), ”the article says.
The publication notes that only 17% of those surveyed said they agreed in the ranks of the Germans on major issues.
On July 26, German Defense Minister Christina Lambrecht announced the delivery of the promised heavy weapons to Ukraine. It was about multiple launch rocket systems (MLRS) of the Mars II type and three self-propelled howitzers. At the same time, on July 19, Lambrecht pointed out the limited resources of the Bundeswehr to provide further military assistance to Kyiv.
On June 8, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz assured that Germany would continue to supply Ukraine with weapons, but would try to avoid confrontation between NATO and Russia. He also pointed out that on the issue of arms supplies, the Bundestag “acts in concert with the allies.” Kyiv, on the other hand, has repeatedly criticized Berlin for the slowness of arms deliveries and, according to Ukraine, insufficient assistance.
On February 24, Russia launched a special operation to protect Donbass. Moscow explained that the tasks of the special operation include the demilitarization and denazification of Ukraine, the implementation of which is necessary to ensure the security of Russia. The decision was made against the backdrop of aggravation in the region as a result of shelling by the Ukrainian military.
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