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Melnyk: “How many Ukrainians should die for a ‘compromise’?”

The Ukrainian ambassador has repeatedly voiced criticism of Germany’s conduct in the war in Ukraine. He is now he is posting again in an edgy tone.

Outgoing Ukrainian Ambassador Andriy Melnyk addressed German supporters of a negotiated solution in provocative tweet

headed to Germany. Melnyk shared a video that is supposed to show separatist leader Pavlo Hubayrev.

In the inhumane video, the separatist leader of the self-proclaimed “Donetsk People’s Republic” spreads Russian propaganda, false claims and declares his willingness to commit genocide against Ukrainians.

For example, he describes Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskii as “Hitler 2.0”. Ukrainians living in the territories occupied by Russia are “Russians possessed by the devil”. You will try to “convince them”. If it doesn’t work, they will be killed, no matter how many. “We will kill a million or five million. We can destroy you all until you realize that you are possessed.”

Ukrainian Ambassador Melnyk has dedicated his post to “German peacemakers”. Rhetorically, he asked in reference to the video of the separatist leader: “Who among you wants to negotiate with these Russian executioners? Or act as mediators? How many Ukrainians should be murdered for a ‘compromise’?”

It is likely that Melnyk dedicated his tweet to prominent German supporters of a negotiated settlement. At the end of April, 28 intellectuals and artists published an open letter to Chancellor Olaf Scholz in the magazine “Emma”. In it, the Chancellor was asked “to do everything to ensure that a ceasefire can be reached as quickly as possible; a compromise that both sides can accept”. Among the signatories were the social psychologist Harald Welzer, the writer Juli Zeh and the science journalist Ranga Yogewar.

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