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Baerbel Bas, speaker of the German parliament, arrived in Kyiv on Sunday to discuss Russia’s invasion of Ukraine with the prime minister and to commemorate the victims of World War II, a German parliament official said on Twitter .
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy delivered a moving speech for VE Day, when Europe remembers Germany’s formal surrender to the Allies in World War II, saying “evil has returned” to Ukraine, but that she could not escape her responsibilities.
GERMAN OPPOSITION LEADER VISITS kyiv, SCHOLZ REFUSES TO GO
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz is expected to take part in a virtual G7 discussion later Sunday on the war in Ukraine that Zelenskyy will participate in.
Ahead of the G7 meeting, Enrico Brissa, the Bundestag’s chief of protocol, posted photos on Twitter of Bas arriving by train to meet Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal.
Germany has agreed to supply kyiv with heavy weapons, including self-propelled howitzers, in a reversal of a longstanding policy of not sending heavy weapons to war zones due to the country’s Nazi past. .
GERMANY REFLECTS SHIPPING OF ARMS TO UKRAINE, LEGISLATIVES APPROVE VERY HIGH HIGH TO SHIP HEAVY ARMS
Moscow has called its actions since February 24 a “special military operation” to disarm Ukraine and rid it of what it calls “Nazis” and anti-Russian nationalism fomented by the West.
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In Russia, Victory Day, May 9, is one of the country’s most important national events – a remembrance of the sacrifices made by the Soviet Union to defeat Nazi Germany.
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