German media have suggested that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s invitation to German Chancellor Olaf Scholz to Kiev for the occasion of Victory Day is “an unprecedented provocation.”
Zelensky, who has previously spoken harsh words against Germany because he perceives German support to his government to be insufficient, recently fanned the flames even more by challenging Scholz to visit Kiev on Victory Day in order to “prove he is on Ukraine’s side”.
“I regret that Zelensky does not stop provoking, and I would like to hear a more careful tone from Ukraine,” German journalist Alyssa Schwarzer was quoted as saying by the German newspaper Die Welt.
Schwarzer drew attention to growing public calls for Germany to abandon the arming of Ukrainian forces, fearing an escalation of the conflict. She also said she had signed a petition demanding this end of military support.
“I am depressed and resentful of the idea that the German government does not have its own plan, but always does exactly what is asked from it in Kiev,” the journalist continued.
More recently, the statements and positions of Ukrainian politicians and state officials have angered German authorities, especially after the Ukrainian ambassador in Berlin called German Chancellor Olaf Schultz a “sulky liver sausage.”
Bundestag member or parliament Sevim Dagdalen called for the expulsion of Ukrainian Ambassador to Berlin from Germany in response.