Germany sought to stop anti-Russia sentiments from spilling over into the Victory in Europe celebrations over the weekend by imposing a ban on displaying Ukraine’s flag. Footage has emerged exhibiting Berlin police seizing a big flag about to be paraded throughout the Soviet War Memorial in Tiergarten commemorating troopers who died within the Battle of Berlin. Demonstrators might be seen relinquishing the banner to the officers, who proceeded to scrunch it up and eliminated it forward of the memorial service.
Berlin Police stated they had been banning all Russian and Ukrainian flags in addition to army music from being included within the occasion.
In an announcement, they stated: “The act of remembering, as well as the respect for memorials and monuments, must be preserved against the background of Russia’s current war of aggression in Ukraine.
“The war should not be allowed to spill over into conflicts or disputes in Berlin past the democratic discourse.”
But the decision sparked the fury of Ukraine’s Ambassador to Berlin, Andrij Melnyk, who branded the move a “slap within the face” of all Ukrainians.
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Mr Melnyk said: “This not solely exhibits a scarcity of tact; it’s a catastrophic political choice.”
Germany has already come under pressure over its close ties with Moscow, and its high dependency on Russian gas.
Chancellor Olaf Scholz pledged all support available to Kyiv, making moves to legislate to end Germany’s gas imports agreements with Russia.
However, Mr Scholz’s commitment has been questioned after reports emerged last month claiming he had refused to offer up key military equipment to Ukraine.
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During his annual Victory Day parade on Monday, Vladimir Putin maintained Russia was pushed into launching a “particular army operation” in Ukraine to protect its borders.
He claimed closer relations with NATO defied previous arrangements Kyiv agreed to and insisted Russian soldiers are seeking to “denazify” the neighbouring nation.
Far and excessive proper events in Ukraine secured lower than two % of the vote in 2019, the identical year President Zelensly, who’s himself of Jewish descent, was elected.