The Russian soldiers are gone, but the destruction remains: A street full of wrecked Russian military vehicles in Chernihiv.
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No heavy weapons, no energy embargo – the German government has been criticized for its position on Ukraine. Is that justified?

Mith its refusal to supply Ukraine with heavy weapon systems, the German government has drawn much international criticism. But it’s not just about military equipment. Given the atrocities committed by the Russian army, parts of the public and some partners are finding it increasingly difficult to understand why Germany is vehemently opposed to an embargo on Russian energy supplies. But Germany could also do more with other aids, criticized Alexander Rodnyansky, economic policy adviser to the Ukrainian President Selenskyj, on Deutschlandfunk on Friday. His country is grateful for the financial aid, but one still wonders why Germany, measured in terms of gross domestic product (GDP), is helping less than Latvia, for example.

An evaluation by the Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW) shows that there is definitely something to it. In the first four weeks of the war (February 24 to March 27), Germany pledged humanitarian, financial and military aid worth 492 million euros. This corresponds to less than 0.1 percent of Germany’s economic power. Compared to the other 31 EU and G-7 countries covered by the “Ukraine Support Tracker”, Germany comes in twelfth place.

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