Hofreiter wants to allow the use of Western weapons in Russia

Photo: Anton Hofreiter (archive), via dts news agency

Berlin (dts) - The Green European politician Anton Hofreiter is in favor of no longer stopping Ukraine from attacking Russian territory with Western weapons.

“This is about protecting the Ukrainian population. Therefore, we should not prevent Ukraine from using the weapons supplied to fend off Russian fighter jets in Russian airspace,” Hofreiter told the newspapers of the Funke media group. “International law allows an attacked state to attack military targets in the aggressor’s country. It’s part of self-defense.”

The chairman of the European Committee in the Bundestag pointed out that Russia is constantly adapting its own warfare and consistently exploiting Ukrainian weaknesses. “The Russian army is shelling the Ukrainian city of Kharkiv day and night from its own territory. “The Russian armed forces have recently been using glide bombs to specifically attack residential buildings,” said Hofreiter. “Slide bombs are launched from fighter jets over Russian territory and take just 40 seconds to hit. No anti-aircraft system can defend them. The air alarm only sounds after the impact.” Therefore, a serious debate is necessary about how Ukraine can better protect its population on the border with Russia.

Ahead of French President Emmanuel Macron's state visit, Hofreiter called on the governments in Berlin and Paris to expand their support for Ukraine. “Germany and France are both among Ukraine’s biggest supporters – in different ways. Unfortunately, that is still not enough,” he said. “As long as Paris and Berlin do not commit to a truly coordinated European defense and thus signal weakness, Putin will feel emboldened in his actions and, in the worst case, attack more states.”

Germany has the money and resources to equip Ukraine even better with weapons and ammunition, said Hofreiter. “In the serious situation that Ukraine finds itself in, individual weapon systems cannot be excluded across the board. France, on the other hand, has more experience and the appropriate resources for deterrence, including nuclear ones.”