The Ukrainian president’s adviser said on Wednesday that German Chancellor Olaf Scholz is expected to arrive in Kyiv to take “practical decisions”, including the delivery of heavy weapons to support Ukraine in the face of the Russian attack.
“Our president is waiting for the chancellor so that he can immediately take practical decisions, including the delivery of weapons,” Oleksich Aristovich, an advisor to President Volodymyr Zelensky, told German channel ZDF.
In particular, Mr. Aristovich stresses, the fate of Mariupol and the population in the east of the country “depends on what German weapons we can get” but it does not come.
But he referred to Berlin’s progress, which “started with a refusal” to “discuss the supply of heavy weapons.”
Berlin is already delivering defensive weapons to Ukraine, but Olaf Schultz has been under pressure for several days, even within his majority, to give his attention to sending offensive equipment, in particular armored vehicles.
The foreign and economy ministers, both environmental heavyweights in the government, called on the chancellor to make a decision in favor of these deliverables.
However, time is running out, because “every minute a tank does not come, our children are dying, raped and killed,” asserted Mr. Aristovich.
German authorities “saw the terrible images” of the conflict, which he said reminded the destruction of Berlin in 1945: what the Russian army is doing in Ukraine is “no different”.
These statements come against the background of tensions between Germany and Ukraine, after President Zelensky refused, on Tuesday, to receive German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, who wanted to go to Kyiv with delegations from Poland and the Baltic countries.
The German head of state is under fire for his diplomacy for rapprochement with Russia when he was Angela Merkel’s foreign minister.
Russia under Vladimir Putin is focusing its attacks on the city of Mariupol, a strategic port in the Sea of Azov that has been besieged for more than 40 days and where Ukrainian authorities have counted thousands of civilian casualties.
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