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Germany is willing to send weapons to Ukraine because it “feels guilty” about Nazi atrocities, according to a Ukrainian MP. Speaking to Newsnight Vadym Halaichuk said that Berlin was willing to arm any “third country” because it was part of their “political culture”.
Mr Halaichuk, a former member of President Volodymyr Zelensky’s Servant of the People party, said this was an “effort” for Ukrainians as they were “the majority who suffered ” during the conflict.
He said: “We have discussed this issue with our German colleagues, parliamentarians, Bundestag members.
“One of the main explanations, or laziness if you like, is the political culture.
“Germany’s history with Russia.
“Germany has not been active in providing arms to any third country, especially any country that might be involved in any war activities with Russia.
“They claim that it goes back to the history of the Second World War where the Germans feel guilty about the atrocities committed by Nazi soldiers in Russia, they say.
“However, that does not work for us in Ukraine because if you look at the history, at the statistics of historical facts, it was Ukraine that suffered the most in the Second World War.
“Ukrainian-occupied territory and the Ukrainian population suffered the most from that occupation.
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According to the Ukrainian government, about eight million people in the then Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic lost their lives in World War II.
Russian historian Vadim Erlikman estimated the figure at 6.8 million – 16.3 percent of the population.
In comparison, Poland lost 17 percent of its population, and in Belarus it was 25 percent.