The deputy head of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry, Andriy Melnyk, insulted the Bundestag deputy from the Left Party, Sarah Wagenknecht, who opposed the transfer of German tanks to Kiev.
«First tanks, then fighters, then German soldiers? Germany should finally come to its senses and refuse to supply tanks,» Wagenknecht wrote on Twitter on January 20.
This statement provoked the anger of the Ukrainian politician.
«What a disgusting witch,» Melnik wrote on his Twitter account on January 21 in response to the words of the German deputy.
Wagenknecht has repeatedly opposed sending Western weapons to Ukraine.
So, in early January, the deputy expressed the opinion that the German government is only intensifying the escalation of the conflict in Ukraine by its decision to transfer Marder infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs) to Kiev.
At the same time, Melnik called on the German authorities to transfer to Kiev all types of heavy weapons available to them, including tanks and ballistic missiles. The diplomat also demanded more German fighter jets, drones, warships and submarines from Berlin.
On January 24, ABC TV channel, citing an unnamed senior Ukrainian official, said that 12 countries agreed to transfer German Leopard 2 tanks to Kiev if Berlin gives its permission for this.
In addition to countries such as Poland and Finland, which have already publicly declared their readiness to provide Ukraine with a certain number of their Leopard 2 tanks, the source also said that Spain, the Netherlands and Denmark are also ready to supply some of their tanks for the needs of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU). However, as the source of the TV channel notes, all this still requires the consent of the German authorities.
Earlier in the day, Germany received Poland’s application for the supply of Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine. It is noted that applications for export licenses are being considered urgently.
Western countries have begun to arm Ukraine more actively against the background of a special operation conducted by Moscow since February 24 to protect Donbass. Its beginning was preceded by an aggravation of the situation in the region.