Ukrainian ambassador scolds Scholz party members for immediate ceasefire call

2 April, 09:24 PM
Oleksii Makeiev (Photo:Bernd von Jutrczenka/Pool via REUTERS)

Oleksii Makeiev (Photo:Bernd von Jutrczenka/Pool via REUTERS)

Ukrainian Ambassador to Germany Oleksii Makeiev in comments made to the DPA news agency criticized prominent members of Germany’s Social Democratic Party for a peace initiative they put forward, German broadcaster Deutsche Welle reported on March 2.

The SPD members' initiative is "pure cynicism towards the numerous victims of Russian aggression" that aimed to " cover up the crimes of Russia and, accordingly, the responsibility of the Russian regime," said the ambassador.

Makeiev said that the only possible peace appeal should sound like this: "Mr. Putin, immediately withdraw your troops from the whole of Ukraine’s territory!”

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Peter Brandt, son of former Chancellor Willy Brandt, is the initiator of the appeal, titled "Make Peace!" that declares the need for a ceasefire as soon as possible by any means.

Reiner Hoffmann, former German Trade Union Confederation chairman, and Michael Müller, a German Bundestag member, were among the supporters of the appeal.

Ukraine’s stated war aim is the liberation of all of its territory from Russian occupation, including the Crimean Peninsula and the parts of Luhansk and Donetsk Oblast that Russia invaded and occupied in 2014.

The Ukrainian government’s aim is supported by a large majority of Ukrainians – over 80%, according to recent polls. Public support for the liberation of the whole of Ukraine grew after the discovery that the Russian army had committed atrocities against civilians in the parts of Kyiv, Sumy, Chernihiv, Zhytomyr, Kharkiv and Kherson oblasts that they had occupied but which have since been liberated.

Germany and the Netherlands earlier pledged their support to Ukraine, including the supply of military equipment and compliance with anti-Russian sanctions.

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