The audience of the German publication Die Welt reacted negatively to the call of Andriy Melnyk, the former Ukrainian ambassador to Berlin, to send heavy weapons, including tanks, to Kyiv. The negative comments of the Germans appeared on Saturday, October 1, under the publication of a newspaper with a corresponding statement by a Ukrainian official on Twitter.
“He apparently wants to send his compatriots to the furnace,” wrote a user under the nickname Saager Matthias.
The German government must protect the German people and not drag them into “destructive conflicts,” Basti added. He also expressed dissatisfaction with the fact that Melnik’s statements continue to be broadcast to the media.
“Negotiations are more important than ever. To reduce the level of escalation of the war. And verbal provocations to foment war should not be taken to the media stage, ”commented a Perle user.
In addition, readers called Melnyk a fascist who wants to “draw everyone into a crisis that concerns only Ukraine.”
Earlier in the day, Bundestag deputy Sarah Wagenknecht, a member of the German Left Party, called the lack of a clear plan for a peaceful settlement of the conflict in Ukraine a shame for Western countries. She stressed that all the measures taken by the West, including the supply of weapons to Kyiv, did not provide an advantage to the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
Also on Saturday, it became known that German Defense Minister Christina Lambrecht arrived in Odessa on an unannounced visit. The media reported that she met with her Ukrainian counterpart Alexei Reznikov and promised to supply Kyiv with IRIS-T air defense systems (air defense) in the coming days.
On September 28, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, in a telephone conversation with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, said that Berlin would continue to support the Kyiv authorities, in particular, with weapons. At the same time, he previously confirmed the intention of Germany to do everything possible to prevent a direct conflict between Russia and NATO.
Earlier, on September 25, Scholz reacted with displeasure to Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba’s criticism of the transfer of German tanks to Kyiv, noting that leadership does not mean that you need to do what someone else asks, but to take the right decisions and be very strong, which he does. Prior to this, in mid-September, Kuleba asked the FRG to transfer Leopard 2 tanks and Marder infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs), but was refused.
Western countries have stepped up military and financial support for Ukraine against the backdrop of a special operation to protect the Donbass, carried out by Russia since February 24. Back in April, the Russian Foreign Ministry sent a note to all NATO countries because of the supply of weapons to Kyiv. The head of the ministry, Sergei Lavrov, noted that any cargo that contains weapons for the Armed Forces of Ukraine will become a legitimate target for Russia.
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