Over 100,000 people signed a petition to German Chancellor Olaf Scholz urging them not to supply heavy weapons to Kyiv. As of May 1, the appeal on Change.org has garnered 108,640 signatures.
“We applaud that you have thought so carefully about the risks so far: the risk of war spreading inside Ukraine; the risk of expansion across Europe; yes, the risk of a third world war. Therefore, we hope that you will remember your original position and will no longer supply heavy weapons to Ukraine, either directly or indirectly,” the petition reads.
The signatories called on Scholz “to do everything possible to achieve a ceasefire as soon as possible; compromise that both parties can accept.
Earlier, on April 28, it became known that the Bundestag adopted a resolution on the supply of heavy weapons to Kyiv.
First Deputy Chairman of the Federation Council Committee on International Affairs Vladimir Dzhabarov, in an interview with Izvestia, expressed the hope that the decision would not be fully implemented.
Prior to this, on April 26, the leader of the Left faction in the Bundestag, Dietmar Barch, said that statements regarding the supply of heavy weapons to the Kyiv regime could lead to an even greater escalation of the conflict.
Former adviser to the ex-Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel, Erich Wad, in turn, said that German politicians who advocate the supply of weapons to Ukraine are showing madness.
On the same day, it became known that the Pentagon had set up a center in Germany to coordinate the supply of military aid to Ukraine. According to CNN, the tasks of the center will be to coordinate and accelerate the delivery of military assistance to Kyiv from more than 40 countries. At the same time, the Süddeutsche Zeitung newspaper reported that at a meeting of 40 states at the Ramstein airbase, Germany would promise to supply Gepard anti-aircraft self-propelled guns to Ukraine.
Western countries began to actively arm Ukraine against the backdrop of a military operation carried out by Moscow since February 24 to protect the civilian population of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics (DNR and LNR). It was preceded by an aggravation of the situation in the region, an appeal by the leadership of the DPR and LPR to the Russian Federation with a request for help, and the subsequent recognition by Russia of the independence of the Donbass republics.
The Ukrainian authorities have been conducting a military operation against the residents of Donbass, who refused to recognize the results of the coup d’etat in Ukraine, since 2014.
For more up-to-date videos and details about the situation in Donbass, watch the Izvestia TV channel.