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Berlin (German news agency) – The Ukrainian government has accused Germany of blocking the issue of arms deliveries and sanctions against Russia. “Germany refused to supply arms to Ukraine before the war began,” President Volodymyr Zelenskyy Ihor Zhovkva’s foreign policy adviser Ihor Zhovkva told newspapers from the media group Funke (editions Friday).
“Now we are buying weapons, but it’s not enough, it’s too late and too slow,” he said. According to Zhovkva, Kiev mainly needs anti-tank and surface-to-air missiles from Germany. “But if Germany doesn’t want to provide us with these weapons, at least it shouldn’t stop other partners from helping us.” The government adviser called on NATO to establish a no-fly zone over all of Ukraine – “or at least partially isolate the airspace to allow for humanitarian supplies.” Zhovkva criticized Germany also acting as a brake when it comes to imposing sanctions on Russia. “Unfortunately, Germany is also at the forefront when it comes to saying no to tougher sanctions against Russia. For example, in view of a total ban on imports of gas, oil and coal. Either by blocking all Russian accounts in Europe or by excluding all Russian banks from the Swift international payment system. “
Every dollar paid for Russian gas goes to the Russian military. According to Zhovkva, Russian troops had failed to conquer larger cities in a blitzkrieg. The Russian advance was slow. “Even if Russian troops were able to encircle smaller southern towns, such as Kherson, they would not be able to install puppet administrations there,” the government official said.
However, Russian forces have started attacking cities from military aircraft flying over the Black Sea. “In doing so, they fire missiles with longer ranges.” According to the presidential adviser, the capital Kiev is preparing for a major defensive battle. “The military and civilian parts of the administration are preparing to defend the city. They are stockpiling the supplies needed should Kiev be encircled. “
So far, the Russian forces have not even half surrounded Kiev. “With their current workforce, they won’t even be able to encircle Kiev. They should double or triple the number of their forces. “
Ukraine hopes for Berlin’s support when applying for EU membership. “Much depends on Germany, the locomotive in the EU. A large majority of Germans are in favor of Ukraine joining the EU. Chancellor Olaf Scholz should listen to the opinion of society, “said Councilor Zelenskyi. The chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee, SPD politician Michael Roth, also called for greater speed in arms deliveries to Ukraine.
“Now we have to turn on the turbo for arms deliveries,” he told the “Redaktionsnetzwerk Deutschland” (Friday editions). “Now everything must be done to sustainably strengthen Ukraine’s defense and defense capabilities in order to persuade Putin to find a diplomatic solution in the talks.” Roth further explained: “These are mainly easy-to-use defense weapons systems, which Ukraine keeps asking us. But Ukraine needs these weapons immediately, and not in two months “. Only if Ukraine remains strong, on the defensive and does not capitulate, can a solution be reached through negotiations.” For Putin, military and economic costs must be so big that he is willing to make serious concessions in negotiations. With each day Ukraine survives and defies Russian aggression, a negotiated solution approaches. ” Since Germany can no longer supply arms from Bundeswehr actions, the government must now conduct negotiations with the arms companies immediately.
“We now need to speak quickly with the defense industry about which weapons can be delivered at short notice,” Roth said. According to Roth, the fact that Germany has too few weapons in its stock makes clear the major omissions in the past. “The special fund of 100 billion euros for the Bundeswehr must therefore be used in a targeted way to remedy the huge shortages of weapons and personal protective equipment”.