Former German Chancellor Angela Merkel in her first public speech in six months condemned the Russian military invasion and supported Ukraine's right to self-defense, reports Zeit Online.

"I stand in solidarity with Ukraine, which is under attack from Russia, and support its right to self-defense," she said.

Merkel added that she supports all measures taken by Germany and other EU countries, as well as the United States, NATO, the G7 and the United Nations.

Merkel called what was happening a "barbaric war" that must end as soon as possible, and noted that the war in Ukraine "was too blatant a violation of international law in the history of Europe after World War II."

Merkel reminded of the civilian casualties: "Bucha is an example of this horror."

She did not comment on Merkel's policy towards Russia as chancellor.

At the end of 2021, Angela Merkel resigned as Chancellor of Germany, which she held for 16 years.

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