Zelensky linked Germany’s refusal to supply weapons to the “Nazi past”
Zelensky: Germany has psychological barriers in the supply of weapons due to the Nazi past President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky said that the supply of weapons would have been reduced if Kyiv had not launched a counteroffensive
Germany has “certain psychological barriers” on the issue of the supply of military equipment due to its Nazi past, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said in an interview with Reuters.
Such supplies are vital for Ukraine, he said.
“We would like more help from Turkey, we would like more help from South Korea. More help from the Arab world. From Asia»,— Zelensky added.
He also expressed the opinion that the supply of weapons to Ukraine would have been reduced if Kyiv had not launched a counteroffensive. “I think this is a very important step that has influenced or will influence the decisions of some other countries,” — said the Ukrainian president.
The beginning of the Ukrainian counteroffensive at the end of August was reported by Reuters with reference to the country's Southern Military Command. The Russian Ministry of Defense confirmed the offensive attempts by the Armed Forces of Ukraine, but called them “unsuccessful”.
In Ukraine, Germany has repeatedly been criticized for the slow and insufficient provision of military assistance. In May, the Welt newspaper wrote that Germany had reduced arms supplies to a minimum. German Chancellor Olaf Scholz claimed that this information is not true. The Armed Forces of Ukraine, according to him, received such weapons from Berlin that are not yet in service with the Bundeswehr (German armed forces).
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In early September, Welt, citing sources in the Ukrainian government, wrote that Scholz had not agreed to send the latest German Leopard 2 tanks to Kyiv.
Berlin is postponing the delivery of tanks as it fears Ukraine could become “overconfident” and invade Russia and “German tanks will be back on Russian soil,” Spiegel wrote in June, citing sources close to the German government.
Moscow stated that the supply of Western weapons will not prevent it from achieving the goals of the special operation. President Vladimir Putin, speaking about American weapons that arrived in Ukraine, said that domestic forces “click [them] like nuts.”
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