Russian Media Demands ‘Germany Must Be Defeated’ After Ukraine Gets Tanks


Vladimir Solovyov, a Kremlin propagandist who has issued threats to the West on his radio and TV shows, has referred to Germany’s Nazi past in response to Berlin’s agreement to deliver Kyiv sought after Leopard 2 tanks.

Chancellor Olaf Scholz announced on Wednesday he would allow Ukraine to initially get 14 Leopard 2 A6 tanks, after weeks of criticism that Germany was not doing enough to help Kyiv fight Russian aggression.

But on his radio show Full Contact, Solovyov said that the decision showed how the Germans “no longer remember their guilt,” referring to World War II. “There are no longer any repentant German politicians.”

“Germany has forgotten about its historical guilt and thinks it can do anything,” he said in the clip tweeted by Francis Scarr of BBC Monitoring.

“This means that Germany must be defeated,” he said, referring to how “memory of the atrocities committed by German Nazis and their lapdogs will never go away.”

The Kremlin line, which Solovyov pushes, says that part of the justification for Russia’s invasion of Ukraine was to “denazify” the country, which has been roundly rejected by Kyiv and internationally.

This is a developing story and will be updated with further information.

Leopard 2A6 main battle tanks
Two Leopard 2A6 main battle tanks of the Bundeswehr, the German armed forces, in military exercises on October 27, 2022 in Pabrade, Lithuania. Russia has been angered by Berlin’s announcement it would deliver to Ukraine the main battle tanks.
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