“You are a very brave country, and all that we can do is stand at your side” German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock arrived in Ukraine
German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock arrived in Ukraine on May 10, 2022. The unannounced trip is the first by a member of the German government since the war in Ukraine began.
At the start of Baerbock’s trip, she visited the city of Bucha near Kyiv, which has become notorious as the scene of alleged atrocities by Russian troops, Deutsche Welle reported.
“We owe it to the victims that we don’t just commemorate them here, but that we hold the perpetrators to account,” Baerbock said. “And we as the international community will do this. That’s the promise we can and must make here in Bucha.”
Speaking at a press conference with her Ukrainian counterpart, Dmytro Kuleba, she said that Ukraine could become a full member of the European Union but that there could be “no shortcuts.” She said she was confident that the country would be granted “clear candidate status” but that there should be “no empty promises” about what happened after that.