Germany will deliver 5,000 military protective helmets to Ukraine. This is “a very clear signal: we are on your side,” German Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht said on Wednesday after the defense committee meeting in Berlin, the dpa agency informs.
“I received a letter from the Ukrainian embassy asking for support in military equipment, specifically in helmets,” Lambrecht told journalists in Berlin. “We will deliver five thousand helmets to Ukraine as a clear signal: we are on your side,” she announced.
“This is equipment, not a weapon, but it helps,” she said. – This is how we will continue to work in this conflict. We are working on achieving a peaceful solution to this conflict in the middle of Europe, added the Defense Minister, quoted by the Reuters agency. A few days earlier, she announced that Germany would open a field hospital in Ukraine.
Christine Lambrecht also added that the talks on the conflict in Ukraine are back on track, said the dpa. At the same time, she stressed that there are “red lines” in these talks that cannot be negotiated. – You cannot negotiate compliance with international law, you cannot discuss the integrity of states and the sovereignty of the alliance – said Lambrecht.
Ukraine, which is afraid of a Russian attack and has repeatedly asked Germany for support in the form of arms deliveries, was refused by the coalition government of the SPD, the Greens and the FDP.
A different position on the supply of weapons was taken, among others, by United States and United Kingdomwhich sent to Ukraine, among others, Javelin anti-tank missiles, BDM grenade launchers and NLAW guided missiles. The Czechs decided on Tuesday to send a small shipment of ammunition to Ukraine.
The reaction of the mayor of Kiev
The mayor of Kiev, Vitaliy Klitschko, who lived in Germany for many years, in an interview with the tabloid “Bild” called the delivery of the helmets a “joke”. – The behavior of the German government made me speechless. The defense ministry is clearly unaware that we are dealing with a well-equipped Russian force that can launch another invasion of Ukraine at any time, said Klitschko. – What support will Germany send next? Pillows? – He asked.
The Ukrainian Pravda portal recalled that a few days ago the Ukrainian ambassador to Berlin Andriy Melnyk told the Handelsblatt newspaper that Ukraine “urgently needs about 100,000 helmets and protective vests for volunteers in territorial defense units.”
“In the conflict between the West and Russia, the German government, unlike the authorities of many other countries, proves to be weak towards President Vladimir Putin. Germany’s indecision only strengthens the Russian leader in his course towards Ukraine,” Die Welt assessed on Tuesday.
The Ukrainian media emphasize that “the risk of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has become the first serious test for the new German government led by Olaf Scholz” and that Berlin’s position “disappoints Kiev more and more every day”.
PAP, Reuters, Ukrainian Truth
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