‘Anything is possible’: Kyiv Mayor Klitschko warns against Russia’s nuclear weapons policy

The mayor of the Ukrainian capital kyiv, Vitali Klitschk, also sees a nuclear threat from Russia in the war that has been going on for more than seven weeks. “Chemical weapons or nuclear weapons (…), we expect everything. Everything is possible,” Klitschko said in an interview with RTL and n-tv on Monday.

Ukraine is not only defending itself in war: “We are not only defending ourselves, we are defending you.” His country is determined to be part of the European family. “We protect our common values ​​and principles which (Russian President Vladimir) Putin violated,” Klitschko said.

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Klitschko again demanded the delivery of heavy weapons from Germany to Ukraine. “We need Germany’s heavy weapons immediately,” he told the “Bild” newspaper on Monday. “Any delay costs lives. It should be clear to everyone. I cannot understand this debate.

Klitschko did not comment on the details. He told broadcasters RTL and ntv: “I’m not an arms expert, but we need tanks and planes.”

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So far, the German government has not delivered any heavy weapons to Ukraine. As justification, she mentions, among other things, the necessary agreements with partner countries and the fact that Ukrainian soldiers are not trained in machines.

Within the traffic light coalition, politicians from the Greens and the FDP in particular advocate the delivery of heavy weapons. Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s SPD is rather skeptical.

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In the “Bild” interview, Klitschko also commented on the situation in Kyiv. People should not return to the Ukrainian capital for now, he warned. “kyiv is not sure yet, we experienced it yesterday during a rocket attack.”

Klitschko told broadcasters RTL and ntv of Ukraine’s cancellation of a visit by Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier: “It was a diplomatic mistake. Meanwhile, we have to show unity.” At the same time, Klitschko invited Chancellor Scholz to visit kyiv. (dpa, AFP)

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