Germany pays unexpected visit to Ukraine
In an attempt to fortify its position as Ukraine's biggest European supporter, Germany's FM arrives in Kiev to assert its supply of "arms, humanitarian and financial aid".
Germany's Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock unexpectedly arrived Saturday in Kiev to showcase her country's support of Ukraine.
According to the foreign ministry, Baerbock said: "I arrived in Kiev today to show that they [Ukrainians] can further count on us. That we continue to support Ukraine for as long as it is necessary with arms, humanitarian and financial aid".
Baerbock even told German voters at the beginning of the month that Ukraine matters more than them, while Germany and the whole continent of Europe suffer from energy and economic crises.
This marks her second visit to Kiev since February 24, and amid the incessant package of sanctions both Germany and the EU have launched against Russia in light of the war in Ukraine. A German government official said last month the EU sought to finance an aid package worth some 8 billion euros by September for Ukraine.
Germany is Ukraine's biggest European backer, with Berlin continuing to transfer weaponry to Ukraine that even its own forces do not have, while Russia, on the other hand, has been providing shelters for Ukrainian refugees, taking up as many as 25,000 people in one day.