Ambassador of Ukraine to Germany Andriy Melnyk refused to participate in commemorative events in Berlin with representatives of Russia on the occasion of the end of World War II in Berlin on May 2. The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry reports this on Facebook, as well as the Berlin newspaper Tagesspiegel writes about it.
“Even in my worst nightmare, I could not imagine laying wreaths with a representative of a country that has been fighting a cynical and bloody war in eastern Ukraine for more than 6 years. Today, 14,000 Ukrainians were killed in the course of the ongoing Russian aggression,” Ukrainian diplomat explained his decision.
Melnyk noted that he appreciateв the invitation of the Mayor of Berlin because in this way the indisputable contribution of the Ukrainian people to the liberation of Europe from the violent Nazi regime is recognized.
The diplomat recalled that 6 million Ukrainians fought in the Red Army, and every second of them did not live to see the end of the war. More than 5 million civilians in Ukraine were killed by the Nazis. However, in public discussions in Germany, Soviet victims are often identified with Russian victims, Melnнk noted.
The ambassador emphasized that honoring the victims of the crushing war was a moral duty for him, however, he was forced to refrain from participating in memorial events on May 2 due to the Russian annexation of Crimea and the occupation of a significant part of Donbas.
On the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Europe from the “brown plague,” Miller called on the Bundestag and Berlin authorities to finally build a memorial in the center of the German capital for 8 million victims of Nazism.
Berlin Mayor Michael Muller wanted to mark the end of World War II together with representatives of Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus. A few weeks ago, ambassadors of three countries received an invitation from the burgomaster to attend the ceremony of laying wreaths at the memorial on Schulenburgring Street in the Tempelhof district of Berlin on May 2.
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