Please help us Ukraine resorts to BEGGING Germany to help as country dithers over Russia

Ukraine: Deputy Defence Minister addresses possible invasion

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Speaking to German viewers on a political talk show, Andriy Yaroslavovych Melnyk begged German politicians: “Please help us. We need weapons.” His remarks come as Germany stands out as one of few Western nations that have not offered to supply defence capabilities.

In recent months, there has been a mounting military presence on the border between the two nations, and NATO fears Vladimir Putin, the Russian President, may launch a ground invasion any day.

It is estimated there are now around 100,000 Russian troops stationed on the border with Ukraine.

So far, the UK has sent anti-tank weaponry to Ukraine, along with a contingent of personnel to train Ukrainian troops.

In the wake of the annexation of Crimea in 2014, the UK boosted its military partnership with Ukraine, including jointly building a naval base on the Sea of Azov.

The US announced in late January that it had put 8,500 troops on alert in the event of an invasion.

Estonia is sending javelin anti-armour missiles to Ukraine. Meanwhile, Latvia and Lithuania are giving Ukraine Stinger anti-aircraft missiles.

However, so far Germany has only committed to sending a field hospital via Estonia.

When it was announced, Constanze Stelzenmuller, an expert on Germany and national security at the Brookings Institution, told NPR: “It suggests that we’re going to fight with each other over sanctions and over weapons deliveries.

“But you can have a field hospital – with the obvious implication that it is going to be needed.

“But we’re not even willing to send personnel with it, so we’re sending it through a third party. I’m ashamed of that.”

Mr Melnyk told German viewers on Sunday: “We have to recognise that we face the danger of a huge war in the middle of Europe.

“The German public and the federal government must wake up from the deep slumber!”

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The Ukrainian ambassador to Germany, who was reportedly visibly moved during his comments, said the new coalition government in Berlin needed to “rethink” its policy towards Ukraine.

Urging the German government to send defensive weaponry, he added: “Germany is at a crossroads. All or nothing. It’s about peace or war. It’s to be or not to be.

“We need state-of-the-art weapons to defend ourselves, and to deny ourselves this today means to fail Ukraine!”

When host Anne Will pointed to a poll which says that 71 percent of Germans believe sending Ukraine arms to be wrong, Mr Melnyk responded: “The situation has changed dramatically.

“We have been at war for eight years. Now Putin wants to destroy our statehood. We hope that the Germans will rethink and see: yesterday’s policies are no longer acceptable today.”

Germany is one of several European nations that relies heavily on Russian energy.

Russia has been vying for Germany and the EU to approve the Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline, which would feed the fuel directly into Germany, circumventing Ukraine.

Last week, Valdis Dombrovskis, European Commission Vice President, said the project had been put on hold and that the EU would investigate its compliance with the bloc’s energy policy.

Ursula von der Leyen, the European Commission President, said that Nord Stream 2 “cannot be excluded” from a list of possible sanctions of Russia were it to invade Ukraine.

However, consent for any such sanctions would require the consent of all 27 member states – including Germany, which has had a more muted response.

Additional reporting by Monika Pallenberg

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