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BUndescancer Olaf Scholz (SPD) has pledged further support to the war-torn country on his long-awaited first visit to Ukraine. On the 113th day after the Russian invasion, Scholes arrived in the capital, Kiev, on a concerted visit with French President Emmanuel Macron, Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi and Romanian President Glass Iohanis.

European leaders met with President Volodymyr Zelensky to discuss further support. The main issue is Ukraine’s desire to join the European Union. Ukrainian Ambassador to Germany Andrei Melnik again called for the immediate supply of heavy weapons to the Shoals.

Scholz, Macron and Draghi traveled overnight on a special train to Kyiv. Shortly after their arrival, an air alert was triggered in the Ukrainian capital, which was lifted again after a good 30 minutes.

Visit to Irbin

After his arrival, he visited Irbine, a suburb of Kiev that had been partially destroyed by the Scholes. Like neighboring Pucha, about 300 civilians, some of whom were hanged, were found there after the Russians retreated at the end of March.

In Irbin, Scholes denounced the “brutality” of the Russian war of aggression. Scholz talked about meaningless violence. A city with no military structures was destroyed. “It says a lot about the brutality of Russia’s war of aggression, simply beyond destruction and victory.”

Romania’s President Johannes, impressed by the devastation in Irbine, has called for Russia’s atrocities to be brought before the International Criminal Court.

Italian Prime Minister Troki believes Ukraine will be able to rebuild after the war of Russian occupation. “It’s a place of destruction, but also of hope,” Drake said in Irfin.


President Olaf Scholes (M, SPD), surrounded by Ukrainian soldiers, passes through destroyed buildings in Irfin, Kiev.
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In a first reaction from Moscow, former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev mocked the Kiev trip of four prominent politicians. “European fans want to go to Kiev for frogs, liverwort and spaghetti,” Medvedev wrote on Twitter. “With zero advantage.”

Scholz had already pledged his full support to Ukraine in its fight against Russia’s attack on the Kyiv trip. Support will continue “as long as Ukraine’s freedom struggle requires it,” he said.

Macron told BFMTV that it was “about the message of European unity addressed to the Ukrainians and their support for simultaneous talk about the present and the future, because we know the next few weeks will be difficult.”

The Chancellor always insisted that I go to Kiev only if there were specific things to discuss. Zelenskyj demands the supply of more heavy weapons and the EU approves Ukraine’s candidacy for membership at next week’s summit in Brussels.

Gazprom reduces supply to Germany

Ahead of the president’s visit to Ukraine, the Russian state – owned company Gazprom cut gas supplies to Germany for the second time in a row on Wednesday through the Nord Stream 1 Baltic Sea pipeline. Cosprom justified the move again with a delay in the repair work.

On the other hand, Union Economy Minister Robert Hebeck (Greens) suspects that there is a political solution behind this. Gosprom had already announced a throttling on Tuesday.

Melnik, the Ukrainian ambassador to Germany, called the visit to the Shols’ homeland an important signal. “The Ukrainians hope that the Chancellor will not come empty-handed, but will bring a solid military aid in his suitcase,” he said. The main thing is that Germany must quickly deliver more heavy weapons, especially artillery pieces such as the Panzerhaubitze 2000 and the Mars II Multiple Rocket Launcher.

“This visit is a good reason to remove the siege of Leopard 1 major battle tanks and mortar infantry vehicles in order to suffocate Ukraine’s ability against Putin’s large-scale offensive,” Melnik said. “Ukrainians want President Scholes to announce the granting of candidature status to future EU members without artificial conditions.”

A number of heads of state and government have traveled to Ukraine since mid-March. However, this visit is undoubtedly the most important: Scholes, Macron and Tragi represent the three most populous and economically strong EU countries. All three states are members of the G7, a coalition of democratic economic powers. Germany currently chairs the group, and France chairs the European Union.

Selenskiz had invited Sholes to Kiev a few weeks ago. At first, however, there was resentment over the short-lived cancellation of the trip by federal leader Frank-Walter Steinmeier from the Ukrainian side. After the annoyances subsided, Scholes pointed out that such travel was not about icons, but about content: “I will not join a group of people who do something inside and out for a while through a photo shoot. But, it’s always about very concrete things.”

Before him were several of his ministers in Ukraine: Annalena Berbach (exterior, green), Svenza Schulz (development, SPD) and most recently Karl Lauterbach (health, SPD) and Cem Özdemir (agriculture, green). Parliamentary Speaker Bärbel Bas (SPD) and opposition leader Friedrich Merz (CDU) also visited Kiev.

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