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On 24 February, Russia launched a special military operation amid Kiev's ongoing shelling of the DPR and LPR. President Vladimir Putin stated that the op is meant to protect the people of Donbass, and its goal is the complete demilitarisation and denazification of Ukraine.

'Unparalleled Provocation': German Journo Slams Zelensky for Inviting Scholz to Kiev on 9 May

© AP Photo / Ukrainian Presidential Press OfficeIn this image released by the Ukrainian Presidential Press Office on Sunday, May 1, 2022, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky arrives for his meeting with U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi in Kiev, Ukraine, Saturday, April 30, 2022.
In this image released by the Ukrainian Presidential Press Office on Sunday, May 1, 2022, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky arrives for his meeting with U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi in Kiev, Ukraine, Saturday, April 30, 2022. - Sputnik International, 1920, 08.05.2022
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German feminist journal EMMA has also published an open letter from German elites calling on Chancellor Scholz to reconsider his pledge to send heavy weapons to Ukraine.
Prominent German journalist and founder of the feminist magazine EMMA, Alice Schwarzer, has lambasted Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky's invitation to Chancellor Olaf Scholz to visit Kiev, calling it an "unparalleled provocation".
The 9 May invitation coincides with Russia’s annual celebration of victory over Nazi Germany in the Second World War. This year's celebration come amid Russia's military operation to de-Nazify and demilitarise Ukraine.
Upon presenting her latest documentary in Munich, Schwarzer condemned Zelensky's provocative behaviour and expressed hope that Ukraine would change its tone. She also stressed that despite condemning certain aspects of Kiev's policy, she still supports Ukraine and its people.
"I regret that Zelensky does not stop provoking […] I would also like to see a bit more nuanced tones from Ukraine", she went on to say.
The journalist further praised the success of an open letter from the German elites to Chancellor Scholz recently publishedin EMMA.
The letter, signed by writer Martin Walser, filmmaker Gerhard Polt, writer and former judge Juli Zeh and members of the German academic community, called on the chancellor to reconsider his promise to send heavy weapons to Ukraine to help it fight Russia and the Donbass forces.
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Schwarzer argued that the letter opened a positive debate in her country regarding the pros and cons of arming the Ukrainian military.
The Kremlin has repeatedly advised western countries against sending weapons to Ukraine, saying that it only perpetuates the conflict and delays the inevitable end of the special military operation launched on 24 February. Moscow has also warned that convoys with military equipment will be targets once they reach Ukrainian land.
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