Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin stated, speaking Wednesday evening in Berlin in front of the guests of the German ZDF broadcaster during the Burns Dinner - a traditional dinner meeting of leading journalists with prominent politicians, cultural and public figures, Censor.NET reports citing Ukrinform.
"The truth is bitter and the lie is sweet. It gives Europe a false feeling, the illusion of stability and security ... Many people in Europe have been talking about the events in Ukraine using euphemisms for more than a year, without calling them what they are," Klimkin said.
According to the minister, "we cannot overcome this hybrid propaganda", which Russia is spending billions on. Ukraine does not have sufficient funds for this. "I do not believe in counter-propaganda too," he said.
"What we really need," the head of the Ukrainian diplomacy stressed, "is assistance of the society, the media, above all in persuading people, providing them with real information. This can be achieved through the social networks, but this is not enough. We need a good Russian-speaking social media, for example, TV, target audience of which could be Russian-speaking residents of Germany, because there are more than 300,000 of them only in Berlin, and a considerable part of them are victims of the Russian propaganda."
"This is also a feature of this war - the greatest experiment with the human minds. The minds of the Russian population are meant first of all, then the ones of the residents of the eastern Ukraine and Europe," Pavlo Klimkin said.
The minister also believes that many people in Europe still have not understood that Ukraine holds "not cosmetic reforms." "I think that the progress that has been made over the last six-seven-eight months is greater than the one that have been achieved during the last six-seven-eight years. We are talking about brand new model," he said, adding that Ukraine needs support and understanding from the EU to implement reforms.
"Like any war, this one is a moment of truth. Ukraine sees how many mistakes it has made and how many chances it has missed. We will never repeat them again," Klimkin assured. "We no longer trust paper guarantees. And we want no more exchanges and bargains," he said.
"Kyiv agrees that we need a compromise but not in the issues that are vital for us. We will not accept the compromise on issues concerning the further Ukraine's path - it goes to the EU, the same applies to the issue of Crimea. We can talk and negotiate on other issues," the head of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry said.