A visit full of symbolism: Bundestag President Bass meets with Selinsky “in peaceful Kyiv” – Politics

It’s a visit full of symbolism on a day steeped in history: As Germany’s second-highest representative, Bundestag President Purple Bass visited Kyiv on Sunday. Together with her Ukrainian counterpart Ruslan Stevanchuk, the Social Democratic Party politician commemorated the victims of the Second World War launched by Nazi Germany.

It showed Germany’s solidarity with Ukraine, which is struggling for its existence after the Russian attack. Bass also spoke to President Volodymyr Zelensky, who welcomed them “in a peaceful Kyiv.”

Bass flew to Kyiv at the invitation of Stevanchuk, where she arrived by train in the morning. The Speaker thanked her for coming on May 8th. “For us, this is a sign of Germany’s solidarity with Ukraine and with the Ukrainian people.”

On May 8, 1945, World War II ended in Europe with the unconditional surrender of the German army. Since then, this day has been celebrated in many countries as liberation from National Socialism.

Stevanchuk Bas received a warm welcome. The Ukrainian asked his German counterpart: “Can I give you a hug?” Both laid wreaths at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The national anthems of both countries were played, and a guard of honor lined up.

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Bass said the ceremony was “very touching” for her. She explained that she was interested in “all victims” of the Second World War – first of all in Ukraine, but also in Russia, Poland, Belarus, the Baltic states and other countries of Central and Eastern Europe.

At a joint press conference, Bass later asserted, “I am deeply moved that I can be here today as the representative of the country responsible for this barbaric crime. It is not certain that I was invited.”

The Second World War and the Holocaust, a crime against humanity committed by the Germans, led to only one result: “We must fight resolutely and relentlessly national hatred, anti-Semitism and every form of provocation of war. Peace in freedom is the most precious good.”

Thanks Selenskyj for the delivery of heavy weapons

They are even more terrified of Russia’s brutal aggressive war, which violates international law. This should end as soon as possible. Bass emphasized: “My solidarity with the entire Ukrainian people in this brutal struggle for existence. One of the reasons for my coming to Kyiv was to emphasize that Germany and its partners stand firmly on the side of Ukraine.”

Stefanchuk Bass explicitly thanked the Bundestag’s decision to provide Ukraine with heavy weapons and support his country. “I would like you to convey the gratitude of our entire people for the support they have given in the Bundestag.”

Zelensky also said: “The decision in the Bundestag is very important for our country. We hope to get your support and Ukraine’s membership in the European Union in the future.” “The Bundestag will expedite all necessary actions.” Regarding the possibility of the end of the war, she agreed with Zelensky “that there should be no imposed peace, only a just peace agreement.”

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Bass later visited the suburb of Bucha, where more than 400 bodies – some with their hands tied behind their backs – were found after Russian troops withdrew. She was shown pictures in the church.

“It is important for us that these crimes are not forgotten,” said Father Andre Halawen, who showed Bass around the church. Bass lit a candle for the victims. During a visit to the hard-hit suburb of Irbin, she praised the Ukrainian soldiers: “When you see such devastation, it’s hard to believe how heroically they defended their city.”

The politician of the Social Democratic Party is the second highest representative of the Federal Republic after the Federal President. She was the most important German politician to visit Ukraine since the start of the war. A few days before that, CDU President Friedrich Mers was in Kyiv, and Foreign Minister Annalena Barbuk (Green Party) wants to travel there in the coming days.

The intense travel diplomacy and warmth with which Bass greeted on Sunday shows that a temporary ice age in interdependence – which resulted from the dumping of the Ukrainian side from Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier – has clearly given way to a thaw. (dpa)

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