Far-right German MPs visit Russian-occupied eastern Ukraine
A delegation from the far-right German party AfD (Alternative for Germany), composed of three deputies of regional parliaments, will visit the Russian-occupied territories of eastern Ukraine this week. The party announced this on Monday (September 19).
The delegation left Germany for Russia on Monday and will travel to eastern Ukraine in the coming days to “clarify the humanitarian situation,” the party said in a statement. According to several media, the trip is supported by the Kremlin.
“In view of the distorted and biased reporting on the conflict in Ukraine, we want to get our own picture of the situation and assess the humanitarian situation”said Hans-Thomas Tillschneider, Vice President of the AfD in Saxony-Anhalt and member of the state parliament, on Twitter.
The Ukrainian ambassador in Berlin reacted sharply to the planned visit and even called on the Office for the Protection of the Constitution to take action against the three regional deputies who are supporting the Office for the Protection of the Constitution with their actions “Russia’s Destructive War”he added on Twitter.
The AfD has long been accused of representing pro-Russian positions. While officially condemning the war in Ukraine, they advocate opening the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline and halting all arms supplies to Ukraine.
It is not the first time that the AfD has visited Ukrainian territories controlled by Russia. Back in 2018, during the Russian elections, several key AfD politicians visited Crimea, a territory illegally annexed by Russia in 2014. Several reports later indicated that this visit was supported by the Russian Duma.
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