Against the background of the aggravation of Russia's aggression, Ukrainian Ambassador Andriy Melnyk called on Germany to provide great support to Ukraine, in particular in the context of the country's rapid accession to NATO. The diplomat said this in an interview with the German Welt am Sonntag.
"On the one hand, we expect the German government to issue a clear public warning to President Putin and to visualize all the painful consequences of a new military invasion," said Ukrainian Ambassador to Germany Andriy Melnyk.
This, he said, includes "harsh punitive measures" such as "an international boycott and ostracism of the Russian government, including prosecution in the International Criminal Court for war crimes" and "a complete economic embargo, especially on imports of raw materials and a complete freeze on investment."
"You cannot repeat the strategic mistake of 2014 and stand on the sidelines and indifferently watch as Russia makes new conquests with impunity," the ambassador said.
Melnyk reiterated his call for Ukraine's membership in NATO, giving Germany a special role in this process.
"In particular, Germany, which bears a special historical responsibility for the Nazis' crimes against the Ukrainian people, must play the role of a pioneer so that Ukraine can become a NATO member. And as soon as possible, without any" ifs "and" buts, "the diplomat said.
According to Melnyk, only a quick accession of Kyiv to the Alliance can forever prevent a new large-scale war in Europe.
Russia continues to concentrate its military forces around the Ukrainian borders. President Volodymyr Zelensky said that there are 80 thousand Russian military personnel and 30 thousand pro-Russian militants near the border with Ukraine.