Russia’s attack on Ukraine is a “deep turning point”, said former German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who appeared in public for the first time in about six months. The former head of the German government said she supported all efforts by the German government, the European Union, the US, NATO, the G7 and the United Nations “to stop this barbaric aggression by Russia.”
The daily “Bild” notes on Thursday that “Angela Merkel refrained from public speaking for many months and was silent about the war in Ukraine. Now, however, the former chancellor broke her silence – and found clear words about Putin’s bloody aggressive warfare.”
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“I am in solidarity with Ukraine, which was attacked and invaded by Russia, and support its right to self-defense,” Merkel said Wednesday evening. The former chancellor described the war as a “deep turning point”, adding that she supported international efforts to stem “barbaric aggression by Russia”.
“Bucza is an example of this horror”
The CDU politician emphasized that as an off-duty chancellor, she did not want to make any assessments from the side. At the same time, it stated that the invasion of a neighboring country by Russia was a gross violation of international law of the post-war history of Europe.
Merkel mentioned the violation of human rights against the civilian population. – Bucza is an example of this horror – said the former chancellor, quoted by “Bild”.
A small but great ray of hope “in this boundless sadness” is, however, the enormous support for Ukrainians from many neighboring countries, such as Poland and Moldova, Merkel noted.
“We should never take peace and freedom for granted,” she emphasized.
The former chancellor gave a farewell speech to the longtime head of the Federation of German Trade Unions (DGB) Reiner Hoffmann in the presence of over 200 guests.
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