Liberation of Crimea with German tanks is legal, SPD chairman says
Crimea (Photo:Daniil Drozdov/flickr)
There are no restrictions on which Ukrainian territories Kyiv can liberate with the help of German tanks, the General Secretary of the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD), Kevin Kühnert, stated on Jan. 27, as reported by German news outlet n-tv.de.
“Ukraine is fighting to regain control over its territory,” he said.
“That’s what it’s about, and Ukraine is (withing its) rights."
During an interview, Kühnert noted that Crimea, like other annexed territories in the south and east of the country, belongs to the state of Ukraine. And the statements of the Ukrainian authorities that these are their territories of which they must regain control over, are completely legitimate.
“Ukraine itself defines its war goals, along with when the moment for negotiations will come,” SPD chairman added.
He has repeatedly stressed that SPD will support Ukraine for as long as it takes. With that in mind, he defended his party's changed attitude towards the supply of tanks.
“(Russian) President Vladimir Putin should not be allowed to interpret the war. We must not allow him to classify individual arms deliveries as entering the war and let that embarrass us,” Kühnert concluded.
If Western countries provide necessary support, the Armed Forces of Ukraine will be able to liberate Crimea by the end of summer 2023, former commander of U.S. Army in Europe, Gen. Ben Hodges, said in an interview with NV.
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