Merkel for the first time publicly condemned the special operation of Russia and supported Ukraine

The former German chancellor also supports all the measures taken by Germany and other EU countries, as well as the US, NATO, G7 and the UN to end the Russian military operation *

Angela Merkel

Former German Chancellor Angela Merkel, in her first public speech in six months, condemned Russia's special operation and supported Ukraine's right to self-defense, Zeit Online reports.

“I stand in solidarity with Ukraine, attacked by Russia, and support its right to self-defense,” — she declared. Merkel added that she supports all measures taken by Germany and other EU countries, as well as the US, NATO, G7 and the UN to stop the Russian military operation.

According to her, Russia's actions marked a “blatant undermining” international law in the history of Europe after the end of World War II.

Merkel called “a small but beautiful spot in this endless sadness” support for Kyiv by many neighboring countries, including Poland and Moldova.

The day after the start of the special operation, February 25, Merkel told the DPA news agency that Russia's actions in Ukraine mark a turning point moment in European history since the end of the Cold War.

“There is no justification for this flagrant violation of international law. I condemn this in the most serious way,” — emphasized. The ex-chancellor also added that she was following developments in Ukraine “with the greatest concern and sympathy.”

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Angela Merkel has served as German chancellor since 2005 and stepped down after parliamentary elections in 2021. She was German chancellor in 2014, when the coup d'etat took place in Ukraine, and then the Minsk agreements were signed to resolve the conflict in Donbass.

Prime Minister Polish Minister Mateusz Morawiecki in April accused Merkel of being silent, despite the fact that Berlin, under her leadership, contributed to the strengthening of Russia.

In early April, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky invited Merkel and ex-President of France Nicolas Sarkozy in Bucha in the Kyiv region. According to him, he wants them to see “what the policy of concessions to Russia has led to in 14 years.”

Russia is conducting a special military operation in Ukraine. Russian President Vladimir Putin called it the goal of protecting the population of Donbass, as well as demilitarization and “denazification”; neighboring country.

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Angela Merkel

politician, former chancellor of Germany

July 17, 1954

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