Ukraine Ambassador Calls Hard Hat Delivery ‘Purely Symbolic Gesture’

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BERLIN (dpa-AFX) – The Ukrainian ambassador in Berlin welcomed the delivery of 5,000 military protective helmets promised by the federal government, but at the same time criticized them as a “purely symbolic gesture”. “It’s just a drop in the bucket, it’s not even a consolation,” Ambassador Andriy Melnyk told the German Press Agency on Wednesday. “Ukraine is expecting a 180-degree about-face from the federal government, a true paradigm shift.”

Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht had previously announced that Germany would supply Ukraine with 5,000 military protective helmets. This is a “very clear signal: we stand by your side,” said the SPD politician after a meeting of the Defense Committee in Berlin.

However, Ukraine is demanding large-scale deliveries of arms to defend against a possible Russian attack. Melnyk had spoken of warships and air defense systems. He had also asked for 100,000 protective helmets and vests for volunteers.


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