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Events in Ukraine deepen the split between east and west Germany

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The Ukrainian crisis has shown a significant gap in views between the inhabitants of East and West Germany, the likes of which have hardly been observed before on any other issues. The newspaper Der Tagesspiegel writes about this, referring to a study by Forsa.

According to polls, speaking about the crisis in Ukraine, the population of the east and west of Germany assess the situation differently.

Residents of the east of the country (34%) believe that the German government is doing too much to support Ukraine. In the west of Germany, this opinion is shared by about one in five (18%) residents.

The biggest difference between east and west is demonstrated by the issue of arms supplies. Since the beginning of May, between 54% and 61% of West Germans supported the supply of heavy weapons by Germany to Kyiv, while among citizens from the east of the country, such steps are supported by an average of 32%.

According to the publication, the difference between those who consider Berlin’s support for Ukraine excessive in the east and west of the country is on average already 16%, and the difference in views on the supply of weapons to Kyiv is even 26% on average.

After the start of the Russian special operation to protect the Donbass, the United States and its NATO allies have been actively supplying military equipment to Ukraine. A month ago, lists of supplied weapons appeared on the website of the German Cabinet of Ministers, as well as those weapons that are planned to be transferred to Ukraine, in particular, these are 30 Gepard ZSU, three Mars MLRS systems, IRIS-T air defense systems, 54 M113 infantry fighting vehicles, which will be delivered from Denmark under German funding.

Because of the supply of weapons to Kyiv, Russia previously sent a note to NATO countries.

According to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, any shipments of weapons for the Armed Forces of Ukraine will be a legitimate target for the Russian Armed Forces. The Russian Foreign Ministry stressed that the countries of the alliance are “playing with fire.”

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