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Scholz defends Ukraine military aid in public response to hecklers

by The Kyiv Independent news desk June 3, 2023 7:27 PM 1 min read
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German Chancellor Olaf Scholz delivered a firm response to around 100 pro-Russian hecklers that interrupted his speech at a festival near Berlin on June 3, as seen on a video of the event widely posted on social media.

The hecklers assembled in front of the town hall, yelling "warmonger," "liar" and "bandit" and demanded an end to military aid for Ukraine.

Right after his greetings, Scholz said that Russian President Vladimir Putin is the warmonger, who marched 200,000 soldiers into Ukraine to conquer and destroy it.

Scholz said he sees no alternative to supplying Ukraine with weapons so that it could defend against Russia. The chancellor also pointed out that Russia under Putin killed many civilians, including children and the elderly.

When the hecklers continued to shout, Brandenburg Prime Minister Ditmar Woidke told them to continue their demonstration in Moscow's Red Square.

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