Volodymyr Zelenskyy Sends Clear Message in Germany: The Time for Compromise Ended

The Ukrainian president is disappointed with the policies of the Russian government and their leader.

by Sead Dedovic
Volodymyr Zelenskyy Sends Clear Message in Germany: The Time for Compromise Ended
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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy gave an interesting speech in the Bundestag yesterday, emphasizing his gratitude to Germany for their tireless support from day one. Besides the US, Germany is probably the biggest supporter of Zelenskyy and Ukraine. The Ukrainian leader began his speech by stating that those who started the war in Ukraine must be held accountable. 

Zelenskyy expects that Russian President Vladimir Putin will be prosecuted for war crimes, which is his hope. Although there has been talk of a potential peace agreement since the beginning of the war, it seems that the Ukrainian leader is no longer open to such an option. Zelenskyy no longer wants to be open to compromises, given that the Russian side constantly imposes its goals and desires, disregarding the other side.

"Those who started the war have to be held responsible. They have to be brought to justice for every war crime committed. The time for compromises is over."- Zelenskyy said, as quoted by Kyiv Independent.

The Ukrainian president is disappointed with the policies of the Russian government and their leader, considering them unacceptable. Vladimir Putin is a man with specific views, always aiming to have his desires prevail. Looking at the entire course of the war, it is clear that there has been little willingness from the Russian side for peace. If there was any willingness, it was mainly based on taking a large share of the 'pie.' 

The Ukrainian government would never accept such an option. In a conflict where both sides firmly stand by their positions, peace is the last thing that can be expected. 

However, judging by everything, the Ukrainian leader was somewhat more open to peace, emphasizing that Russia invaded his country, which should certainly give the Ukrainian leader some leverage to set certain ultimatums for peace.

"As soon as [Russian President Vladimir] Putin started to burn our cities … as soon as he started to pursue murder instead of agreements and contracts, the time for compromise ended,"- he continued.

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The Ukrainian president emphasizes that the German authorities should understand him and his positions, given that they have faced similar problems in their own history. Zelensky used Germany and the former Berlin Wall as an example, stressing that he does not want a similar wall to be erected in his country. Volodymyr Zelensky is determined to firmly oppose Russian policies and their leaders.

"You can understand us in Ukraine, you can understand why we are fighting so hard against Russia's attempts to divide Ukraine, why we are doing everything we can to make sure there is not a new wall in our country."- he said.

In his further address, the Ukrainian leader stresses that Russia stands alone against allies and considers it necessary to take all measures to stop Russia and change its policy. He believes this is surely possible, emphasizing that "there is no wall that cannot be brought down." 

The Ukrainian president sees his allies as key to victory. The fact is that the Ukrainian president has received tremendous support from major countries since the beginning of the war, especially from the US and Germany, but also from other countries in Europe and the world. Without such support, Ukraine would hardly be able to resist for more than two years. 

That is why the Ukrainian president is lobbying everywhere, hoping that more countries will stand by him and send necessary assistance. Fighting against a force like Russia requires having some allies, considering various aspects such as the number of troops, weaponry, etc., where Russia has an absolute advantage. Zelenskyy is proud of the brave Ukrainian soldiers who fight, not allowing the Russians to advance.

Volodymyr Zelenskyy is not accepted by everyone

However, what is important to emphasize is that Zelenskyy was not exactly well-received by everyone. This clearly indicates that there are individuals or groups in Germany who openly oppose Zelenskyy's visit, likely supporting Vladimir Putin and his policies.

Leadership of the parliamentary faction of the far-right party AfD (Alternative for Germany) announced that the party ignored Volodymyr Zelensky's speech in the Bundestag because he is a "war president," and Ukraine needs something else.

The leaders of the AfD faction in the Bundestag, Alice Weidel and Tino Chrupalla, said they "refuse to listen to a speaker in camouflage uniforms."

"Zelensky's term has ended. He is now only serving as a war president and beggar," they said.

They decided to boycott his speech, opposing his policies and not considering him a legitimate president. It is clear that Zelensky is not exactly popular with everyone, but what can bring him joy is the majority support he has in most countries, including Germany.

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