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Ukrainian President Zelensky dismissed nine of his ambassadors: those in Germany, Norway, the Czech Republic, Hungary, India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and the Maldives. No reason was given for the layoff. It is also not clear if they will be appointed to another position.
The resignation of the ambassador to Germany, Andrej Melnik, comes at a sensitive time. Ukraine believes that Germany should speed up the delivery of heavy weapons to fight against Russia. Melnick informed Chancellor Schultz in no uncertain terms. Schulz was also charged with “insulting the liver” last month Break up, break up†
German news agency DPA writes that Melnik sparked a lot of criticism last week with statements about Ukrainian nationalist Stepan Bandera (1909-1959).
During World War II, Bandera was the leader of an organization associated with the murder of Jews and Poles. Melnyk disputed that Bandera was a mass murderer. According to him, a freedom fighter was demonized by the Soviet Union.
The Israeli embassy in Germany accused Melnik of distorting the facts, downplaying the Holocaust and insulting Bandera’s victims. according to Sueddeutsche Zeitung Melnik’s statements were also unacceptable to Poland.
Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry says Melnik spoke in his personal capacity.
There is also a struggle between Germany and Ukraine over what to do with the Nordstream 1 gas pipeline turbine. This turbine was manufactured by Germany’s Siemens and is now in Canada for maintenance. Russia said Last month That this was one of the reasons for the significant reduction in gas supplies to Germany.
Ukraine wants the turbines to stay in Canada, so that Russia earns less money from its gas exports. Germany wants the turbine back to Russia as soon as possible, so that more Russian gas can be pumped back to Germany.
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