I will write thoughts on this later, but for now I just want to post the astonishing remarks that Ukrainian PM Arseniy Yatsenyuk made whilst in Berlin on Thursday for a joint press conference with Angela Merkel. While speaking to Germany’s state broadcaster ARD, Yatsenyuk said:
“All of us still clearly remember the Soviet invasion of Ukraine and Germany, we need to avoid [a repeat of] it.”
“Nobody has the right to rewrite the results of the Second World War,” he also added. “Russia’s President Putin is trying to do exactly this.”
This is obviously an exceedingly tone-deaf statement to make to the German people, who definitely do not view their WWII defeat in a negative light.
I’m unsure if Merkel was present when he said this, but having just read that she is no longer attending the peace talks due to take place on the 15th and that Moscow has asked Berlin for a clarification of Yats’ statement, might it be possible that Kiev’s latest assault on the Donbass is a deliberate attempt to sabotage the negotiations? However, as Merkel has laid the blame for the current breaking of the ceasefire on Russia, it doesn’t seem like she will be ready to see the light anytime soon.