‘Putinversteher forever’ – Melnyk angry at Merkel’s former adviser
Former Brigadier General Erich Vad hinted in an interview that the Russian attack on a maternity hospital in Ukraine was a mistake. Ukrainian Ambassador Andriy Melnyk equivocally disagrees.
DUkraine’s Ambassador to Germany Andriy Melnyk has accused a former adviser to former Chancellor Angela Merkel of justifying Russian war crimes. “Hello General Vad, that today – after the Bucha massacre – you are justifying the war criminal Putin that it was certainly not Putin’s intention to bomb hospitals (?) is despicable. You should be ashamed , Putinversteher forever,” Melnyk wrote on Twitter on Tuesday.
Merkel’s former military policy adviser, retired Brigadier General Erich Vad, previously said it was “not Putin’s intention” to shoot a maternity hospital. “Why should he do this? He is pilloried all over the world for this. As terrible as it is, we’ve had that and the acceptance of thousands of dead civilians in Iraq, Libya, Afghanistan as well,” Vad told the German Press Agency. So far, the so-called collateral damage in Ukraine was much less than in Iraq or Afghanistan.
Vad warned against denying the humanity of Russian President Vladimir Putin and calling him a pathological despot who can no longer be talked to. As terrible as the war in Ukraine is in violation of international law, it is part of a chain of comparable wars of recent date. “Iraq, Syria, Libya, Afghanistan – it’s not that new,” Vad said. Unfortunately, the excessive number of civilian deaths and the massacres that took place in the war in Ukraine are not exceptional.
“Putin is not out of the ordinary”
“In war, innocent people are killed. Such is war. Unfortunately, it is inherent in the system.” Vad recalled the 2003 Iraq war. Hundreds of thousands of civilians were killed in that war and during the subsequent occupation of the country.”Compared to this, Putin is not out of the ordinary. Here you have to leave the village church – shocking as the images are.”
It is equally double-edged to accuse Putin of counting Ukraine and Crimea as part of Russia’s geopolitical sphere of influence. It is then said to be an obsolete view from the 19th century. “But the Monroe Doctrine, which stipulates that no intervention by foreign powers will be tolerated on the American continent, still applies today to Americans. And the Caribbean is certainly a sphere of influence as well, and not just since the Cuban Missile Crisis.
“We’re doing a lot of war rhetoric right now — out of good alignment ethics,” Vad said. “But as we all know, the road to hell is always paved with good intentions. We have to think about the ongoing war between Russia and Ukraine since the end. If we don’t want World War III , sooner or later, we will have to get out of this logic of military escalation and start negotiations.”
Vad also spoke out against the delivery of heavy weapons to Ukraine. Such deliveries are potentially a “pathway to World War III”, he said. Other than that, complex weapon systems like the Leopard battle tank or the Marder infantry fighting vehicle can only be operated and used properly after years of training. They are of no military use to the Ukrainians at the moment and in the foreseeable future.
The security expert and military analyst assumes that Putin gave up on the regime change he originally wanted in Ukraine after the mass withdrawal from the Kyiv region.
“That’s why the chances of negotiations are actually not bad,” Vad said. “Both sides could get away with saving face. The Ukrainians have proven that they have effectively defended their capital kyiv and, moreover, are fighting a successful defensive battle against a superior opponent.
The Russians, in turn, would have made some land gains to the east and on the Black Sea coast. “Not the worst conditions for a ceasefire and peace negotiations and better for both sides than being dragged further into the swamp of a long war with an uncertain outcome.”