Many thanks to Hellequin GB for translating this article from N-TV. The translator’s comments are in square brackets:
“Don’t want to stay here”
Melnyk: Ukrainians don’t feel welcome
More Ukrainian refugees are now leaving Germany than entering. For the Ukrainian ambassador, this means that the refugees do not feel comfortable here. Germany bears responsibility for many deaths.
According to Ukrainian Ambassador Andriy Melnyk, many Ukrainian refugees are turning their backs on Germany because they don’t feel welcome here. “Most Ukrainians have returned, long ago,” said Melnyk on Bild TV. “There are more people leaving this country than coming to you.” In Germany, people should think about why so many Ukrainians “don’t want to stay here.”
From the Ukrainian point of view, Germany is responsible for many deaths because it has not yet delivered any heavy weapons, Melnyk said. He expects Chancellor Olaf Scholz to promise delivery of German tanks to Ukraine when he visits Kyiv. “Unfortunately, without German heavy weapons, we will not be able to break Russia’s massive military superiority and save the lives of soldiers and civilians,” said Melnyk. “The Ukrainians expect that Chancellor Olaf Scholz will announce a new aid package for German armaments during his visit to Kyiv, which should definitely include ‘Leopard 1’ main battle tanks and ‘Marder’ armored personnel carriers that can be delivered immediately.” [I wonder how much all that stuff would be worth on the black market, and what his cut is?]
According to media reports, Scholz plans to travel to Kyiv this month with French President Emmanuel Macron and Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi. [And if we’re lucky, some Ukrainians will try their newly acquired SAMs out on that plane.] Officially, the visit was neither confirmed nor denied. Melnyk said it was disappointing how slowly Germany was delivering arms to Ukraine. Six million rounds of ammunition have arrived since May 3, but no more weapons. “Therefore, we hope that the traffic light coalition will finally step on the gas pedal to massively increase both the scope and pace for Ukraine to repel Russia’s major offensive in Donbass.” [I have a brilliant idea for this: just send in the Greens.]
Two days after the Russian attack on Ukraine, the German government decided to deliver weapons to the war zone — breaking a taboo. Since then, rocket-propelled grenades, anti-aircraft missiles, fragmentation grenades and more than 20 million rounds of ammunition have arrived in Ukraine. Heavy weapons such as artillery pieces and anti-aircraft tanks have been promised but have not yet been delivered. [I guess they haven’t got any spare parts to repair them since Shotgun Uschi was Germany’s Minister of Defense.]
Afterword from the translator:
Whining at a high level. Is anyone surprised?
But should we believe him that there are more departures than arrivals? Especially since the German welcoming culture is really terrible: Ukrainian refugees were taken in without being checked, free SIM cards and free travel by train (including abroad) — anyone who has received a residence permit under Section 24 of the Residence Act gets accommodation and money for food, clothing, etc. etc.etc… In addition, a small amount of pocket money, for a single adult a maximum of €367 per month; minors receive up to €326. (In comparison, South African pensioners have to live on €107.33 a month, without all these perks and the same costs of living.) Even if the refugee is not yet registered and does not have a residence permit, he is entitled to shelter, food and medical care. Hartz IV entitlement from June 1, 2022, apartments and school places will be made available. Perhaps the Ukrainian refugees just wanted to return to their homeland? Or the host and the Ukrainian refugees are often too different.
“The wicked are always ungrateful” — Michel de Montaigne