Ukrainian ambassador insults Germany again — Analysis

The pace at which arms are being delivered from Berlin is making Ambassador Andrey Melnik angry

Ukraine’s ambassador to Germany, Andrey Melnik, posted an image on Thursday implying that German weapons are being sent to Ukraine at a snail’s pace. Melnik is known for insulting the host country repeatedly.

Melnik shared a picture of a snail that had a bullet attached to it’s shell via his Twitter account. He also included the text “German weapons for Ukraine already on their way.”He claimed to have received the photo from a representative of the government in Kiev and he then added his dismissive remarks “Pff. Russia must not win the war.”

Melnik’s post came a week after the German Defense Ministry announced it would deliver 15 1960s-era Gepard anti-aircraft vehicles to Ukraine in July, along with 59,000 rounds of ammunition and training for their operators. In April, Berlin authorized their manufacturer, Krauss-Maffei Wegmann, to deliver up to 50 units to Ukraine at the German government’s expense.

Berlin also sent anti-tank rockets that can be fired from the shoulder and seven self-propelled howitzers. However, an earlier agreement which would have included 50 Leopard 1 tanks being donated to Kiev was allegedly canceled due to lack of ammunition or spare parts.

Melnik was happy to receive the Gepard cars, but accused Germany for failing to show its appreciation. “imagination and courage”By sending more heavy arms. Interview with Bild, a German tabloid, earlier in the month. Ambassador asked for 88 Leopard tanks, 100 Marder tank and more self-propelled Howitzers. He also requested that Berlin pass a loan-lease law that would allow unlimited supplies of weapons and ammunition to Ukraine.

Ukrainian envoy won’t apologize for insulting German leader

With Germany’s Chancellor Olaf Scholz insisting that his country should strive to “avoid a direct military confrontation”Melnik said to Bild about Russia that he thought the German government was better than Russia. “is very good at justifying and giving absurd excuses for its inaction.”

Melnik also used undiplomatic language. Ukrainian President Frank-Walter Steinmeier was informed by Kiev in April that Melnik had been “not wanted”Scholz gave the name to the city because of his previous warm relations with Moscow. “unacceptable to tell the president of a country that provides so much military assistance, so much financial assistance…that he can’t come.”

Melnik claimed that Scholz was being an actor to defuse tension. “offended liverwurst.”The chancellor stated that he wouldn’t, “overreact”The remark was made by a large number of German MPs, with Sevim Dagaelen (Left Party deputy leader) demanding Melnik be expelled. Dagdelen called ambassador a “Nazi sympathizer”Over his pilgrimageStepan Bandera (a Nazi collaborator) and war criminal in Ukraine.

Melnik has also ridiculed the chief of Volkswagen for urging Ukraine and Russia to pursue a negotiated peace deal, called Germany’s reliance on Russian energy imports “shameful,” and describing an invitation to a concert at Steinmeier’s residence in March as “an affront”Because Russian musicians had been invited to perform.

Russia attacked the neighboring state in late February, following Ukraine’s failure to implement the terms of the Minsk agreements, first signed in 2014, and Moscow’s eventual recognition of the Donbass republics of Donetsk and Lugansk. French- and German-brokered protocols were intended to provide special status for the Ukrainian states that breakaway areas.

Since then, the Kremlin demanded Ukraine declare itself neutral and vow to never join NATO’s military bloc. Kiev claims that the Russian invasion was unprovoked. It also denies any plans to take the republics with force.

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