Chancellor Olaf Scholz (64, SPD) has his visit to Ukraine met with the mayor of Kiev Vitaly Klitschko (50) and his brother Wladimir Klitschko (46) – they talked for 30 minutes about Putin’s invasion of Ukraine and the future of Ukraine.
After the meeting, BILD met with the Klitschka brothers and talked to boxing legends about the results of the historic Scholz visit.
Kiev Mayor Vitaly Klitschko first praised the Chancellor: “We are very pleased to visit Chancellor Olaf Scholz, it is of symbolic importance.” He gained the status of EU candidate for Ukraine. One of the reasons for this senseless war is our desire to become part of the European family.
But will anything change in German heavy arms deliveries after Scholz’s visit? Vitali Klitschko: “Germany adds. And we must not forget that Germany has been providing great financial support to Ukraine for years. ”
But there is also criticism – there has probably been no breakthrough on the sensitive issue of heavy weapons: “Unfortunately, Germany does not support us with arms deliveries as quickly as promised,” Vitali said. Simply put: there is something to catch up with.
The mayor of Kiev: “We urgently need modern weapons. Please understand: We are not just defending our country and our cities, we are defending everyone in Europe. “Because it is also clear:” We do not know what Russia’s future plans are. “
A: Unlike Draghi and Scholz, Macron announced other self-propelled howitzers after meeting Selensky. “Apart from the twelve Caesars that have already been delivered, six are to be added in the coming weeks.”
Vladimir: Scholz saw the senseless destruction
Wladimir also had words of praise for the Chancellor’s visit: “I think it was extremely important that the Chancellor was in Irpin, where war crimes took place. He saw the destruction with his own eyes, probably not the dead bodies we saw when Russian forces ordered them.
And further: “But he saw the devastation. You have also heard from other prime ministers and presidents that it is very impressive to see the senseless destruction of life and infrastructure that has taken place. And it’s just here. It’s quiet here. But as we say, there are fighting in the east and south of the country, brutal fighting. ”
Scholz arrived in Kiev on a special train on Thursday morning with French President Emmanuel Macron (44) and Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi (74). In the afternoon, they met with Romanian President Klaus Johannis (63) and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky (44).
Together, they supported Ukraine’s prospect of becoming a candidate for EU membership. Previously, they were in Irpin, a suburb of Kiev where the Russian army was raging – the Ukrainians had found over 300 civilians dead when the Russians withdrew.