Kyiv envoy blasted Germany’s lack of heavy weapons as a ‘shame to go down in history’
Ukraine’s Ambassador to Germany Andrey Melnyk on Sunday blasted Berlin’s lack of heavy weapons supplies to support kyiv in its fight against Moscow, accusing German authorities of refusing to supply even “Old” equipment in the country.
“The German government cynically refuses to supply us with even old Leopard-1 tanks and Marder IFVs”, Melnyk said in a social media post, calling such behavior a “A shame that would go down in history.”
The remarks came a day after Ukrainian parliament speaker Ruslan Stefanchuk visited Germany, ostensibly to rally support for heavy weapons deliveries. Speaking ahead of a meeting with German Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht on Friday, Stefanchuk said the speed “the supply of the most modern equipment to Ukraine” would help bring “common victory” on Russia closer.
“I do not rule out receiving submarines from Germany, because we are ready to become the eastern defense frontier for all of Europe,” Stefanchuk said. Later in the day, he reiterated kyiv’s expectations that Germany would supply him with both Marder armored vehicles and Leopard tanks, which Dmitry Kuleba, Ukraine’s top diplomat, described last month as the vehicle from Kyiv. “dream.”
Melnyk has repeatedly attacked German leaders for Berlin’s alleged lack of support for Ukraine in the ongoing conflict with Russia. He also launched a bitter personal attack on German Chancellor Olaf Scholz for his refusal to travel to Kyiv to show solidarity with Ukraine.
“Playing an offended liverwurst doesn’t sound very political,” Melnik said Scholz refused to travel to Kyiv, citing Ukraine’s own decision to snub German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier in mid-April. As Steinmeier was due to travel to the Ukrainian capital alongside other prominent European politicians, Ukrainian authorities said he was “not wanted” there, accusing him of maintaining too good relations with Moscow.
Russia attacked the neighboring state in late February, following Ukraine’s failure to implement the terms of the Minsk agreements, first signed in 2014, and Moscow’s eventual recognition of the republics from the Donbass of Donetsk and Lugansk. The protocols negotiated by Germany and France were designed to give breakaway regions a special status within the Ukrainian state.
The Kremlin has since demanded that Ukraine officially declare itself a neutral country that will never join the US-led NATO military bloc. kyiv insists the Russian offensive was unprovoked and has denied claims it planned to retake the two republics by force.